ANNUAL REPORTS mm «fa ■■ &CT0N 1961 WITH A SPECIAL REPORT CONCERNING MPREHENSIVE PLAN I beneal I Coll 974.44 A186 *■ TABLE OF CONTENTS Acton, Town — Population 40,000 2 SECTION A In Appreciation 3 Selectmen's Report 4 Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report 6 SECTION B Town Clerk's Report 25 SECTION C Acton School Department Report and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report 71 SECTION D Archives Committee 109 Board of Appeals 110 Building Committee 110 Building Inspector Ill Cemetery Commissioners 112 Conservation Commission 114 Civil Defense Agency 113 Dog Officer 115 Elizabeth White Fund 115 Engineering Department 116 Fire Department 117 Goodnow Fund 119 Health 120 Industrial Development Commission 125 Inspector of Animals 126 Inspector of Wires 127 Insurance Committee 127 Library 128 Moth Superintendent 130 Personnel Board 130 Planning Board 131 Police Department 133 Recreation Commission 137 Sealer of Weights and Measures 139 Street Light Committee 139 Superintendent of Streets 140 Town Forest Committee 141 Tree Warden 142 Veterans' Services 142 Welfare 143 Workmen's Compensation Agent 144 SECTION E Accountant 145 Assessors 164 Collector 165 State Auditor's Report 170 Treasurer 182 SECTION F Town Officers and Appointments 199 Jury List 207 Federal and State Officers 209 ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY i urn mi mil mi mi mi llll III llll 3 2211 00099 ii 1 1 2425 ANNUAL REPORTS A it* TOWN OF ACTON MASSACHUSETTS FOR ITS TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH MUNICIPAL YEAR FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST 1961 MURPHY a SNYDER. INC. • MAYNARD. MASS. 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF ACTON, TOWN — POPULATION 40,000 Can you imagine the Town of Acton with a population of 40,000 people? According to the recently completed Comprehensive Town Plan Report, it will be possible for Acton to grow to a town of this size if the present half-acre residential laws remain in effect. In the event that Acton reaches such a population, will your present water supply still be as pure and useable as it is today? Will you have enough water, if 39,000 other people need water too? What will you do with waste water? Will your drainage system be too close to your neighbor's yard? 40,000 people would own a considerable number of cars. Would half of these cars be using the street in front of your house both morning and evening? What would happen to the value of your property, if the street is widened or rerouted? An estimate of 9,3°0 school children has been made according to present trends in a total population of 40,000. Would these children be transported morning and afternoon by school bus service? Where will this number of children go to school ? Will Acton be a town consisting of house after house with no fields, woods, or green areas? Where will you go for a family picnic, a ball game, or a swim on a hot afternoon? A town of 40,000 people would require an adequate police force, a full time fire department, garbage and waste disposal services. What would these services do to your tax rate? In 1959, the Town of Acton voted $8,000.00 to pay a consulting firm to study growth problems in the town. If we are to receive a fair return for the money spent on this study, you, the taxpayer, should know as much as possible about the proposed plans for Acton's future growth. Extra copies of the complete Comprehensive Plan have been made and are available at the Town Hall for a nominal fee. The better informed all the residents of the Town are concerning the report, the better we can carry out the recommendations of the Plan as they best suit the welfare of each citizen and the town as a whole. Where changes or restudy of the Plan are indicated, they can best be accomplished by an informed public opinion. Featured in this Annual Report is a summary of the complete Com- prehensive Plan Report. It is fitting to emphasize here that the Compre- hensive Plan is not a law or a prediction of what must happen in Acton. It is a study with recommendations based on a thorough analysis of the town and on many meetings with citizens at large and with town officials. We urge each taxpayer to read the plans for the future growth of Acton. Read the Comprehensive Plan so that when articles come before you at Town Meeting about zoning, a town water supply, a town sewerage plant, new roads, new schools, conservation and recreation, you will know the reasons behind the articles. Read the Comprehensive Plan so that you may vote wisely for the best interests of the Town and for yourselves. SECTION A In Appreciation 3 Selectmen's Report 4 Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report 6 THE TOWN OF ACTON IN APPRECIATION OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Actonians will miss the familiar sight of Mr. Durkee behind his desk at Town Hall when he retires from public sen-ice in March 1962. First employed by the Town in March 1919, Mr. Durkee served on the Board of Assessors for 39 years. 30 years as Chairman. He presided as Moderator at Town Meeting for 25 years from 1933 to 195" 7 . inclusive. We who know Mr. Durkee personally or by reputation must admire his loyal and conscientious performance requiring much time and effort over the years and given so willingly to his native town. His extensive knowledge of Acton and devotion to her indeed will be difficult to replace. 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF SELECTMEN'S REPORT To the Citizens of the Town of Acton: We hereby submit reports of the several departments under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. During the year 1961, the Board held fifty-two regular meetings and twenty-nine special meetings. In addition to these, the Board attended several meetings of the Middlesex County Selectmen's Association and several Hearings at the State House.. During the year, an Assistant Town Engineer was secured to better enable the Engineering Department to handle the work which is being required of it. Layouts of eleven streets were completed and after necessary hear- ings, were presented to the Town at a Special Town Meeting on Decem- ber 18, 1961 and were approved. However, there are many more layouts which need to be made of the streets in Acton. Upon the recommendation of the Personnel Board and the Town's approval of Article 13 of the 1961 Annual Meeting, an outside consulting firm has submitted a very complete report of job descriptions and salary and wage schedules of all appointed full time and part-time employees which should be of great value to the Town. Article 4 of the warrant for the 1962 Annual Town Meeting presents the Personnel By-Law for the Town's approval and favorable action is strongly recommended. In observing the rapid growth of any community and especially that of Acton, there are certain needs or positions which appear to be quite necessary in order that the Town efficiently control this fast expansion. The Board of Selectmen has recommended to the Board of Health that favorable consideration be given to the securing of a Sanitary Engineer, at least on a part-time basis, to guide us in the immediate future. As many steps have been taken during the past several years to meet the demands made on town officials, once again plans are being made to aid in the expansion program. This program not only pertains to per- sonnel, but to office space as well. In 1962 it is proposed to increase the Clerical Staff of the Selectmen so that full time clerical assistance can be provided for the Board of Assessors, and for the offices of Treasurer and Town Collector. This in turn will require changes in the present arrange- ments, the cost of which is being covered in a special article. Favorable action is requested on an article for the purchase of a new shovel loader and the turning in of the present one. This piece of equip- ment seems to be the work horse of the Highway Department and it is advisable to make a change before maintenance costs become too great. THE TOWN OF ACTON For several years now, mention has been made of the necessity of a new Police Station. This has been delayed, we believe, due to the fact that it was desirable to complete the program of replacing the old fire houses first. Now that this program has been completed, an article has been inserted in the warrant for an appropriation to enable the Building Committee to obtain plans and construction costs for the new proposed Police Station. Favorable action is requested on this article. One of the many duties required of the Board of Selectmen either by statutes, by-laws, or otherwise, is the enforcing of the Town Zoning By-Laws and Earth Removal By-Law. These duties, along with many others are demanding more time than the Board feels it can give. The new duties of the Building Inspector, as covered in the Personnel By-Law, cover not only the duties as heretofore assigned, but also the enforcement of the Zoning By-Law and Earth Removal By-Law. For this reason it is recommended that the Building Inspector be a full time employee. Budget figures and articles have been prepared to provide for this change. Our report would be quite incomplete if we did not at this time make mention of the many, many years of faithful service that Mr. Albert Durkee has rendered to the Town of Acton. He like many others has been interested in his town, has served his town, and now the time has come when he feels someone else should carry on. We all wish him good health and happiness in the years ahead. To fulfill the duties required of a Board of Selectmen would be almost impossible if it were not for the full co-operation of the many departments, employees, boards, and committees. At this time we express our sincere appreciation to each and every employee as well as to the Citizens of Acton for their understanding and fine co-operation. Respectfully submitted, ARTHUR W. LEE, CHARLES D. MacPHERSON, LAWRENCE DONNELLY, Board of Selectmen. 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF A SUMMARY OF THE COMPREHENSIVE TOWN PLAN REPORT* Are you interested in your future tax rate? Do you worry about how the vacant land in your neighborhood will be used? These and other questions are answered in a report prepared by a Community and Regional Planning Consultant under the direction of the Town Planning Board. The report contains projections of future growth and recom- mendations for solutions to the problems which growth will bring. The general trend of population movement to the suburbs makes growth in Acton inevitable! The upward trend of population will probably continue for at least the next decade. There are several causes for this predicted growth. 1. Large amounts of suitable vacant land. 2. Geographical position of the Town in relation to the state highway system. 3. Economic growth of Boston. 4. High quality of community services available at reasonable cost. Material for this Summary of the Comprehensive Town Plan Report consists of quotations and parts of quotations from The Master Plan Report . . . Planning Board . . . Acton, Massachusetts, September 1961 submitted by Charles E. Downe, Planning Consultant. Copies are available at the Town Hall. THE TOWN OF ACTON j ORULATLObLAND EMPLOYMENT TRENDS FOK~ACTON~7i!SD-*rUBRE. PROJECTIONS AREA 5 ION A INFLt iE.Ncqi PLANNING BOARD - ACTON, MASS ° harUvt. Do me, Planning Consultant 1 5«pWmb^ 19CO _ 194-5 50 55 51 60 G5 CI TO 75 19B0 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF When a town grows, it usually becomes more prosperous, but with added size, there are added responsibilities for a community to its citizens. A well planned program for expansion will ease the expenses and problems of a growing community. Without future planning, the Town may grow in a jumbled fashion, a process which is expensive in the long run and difficult to repair after the fact. The Comprehensive Town Plan is a recommended plan for orderly growth in Acton. Among the subjects included in the report are Com- munity Facilities, Future Land Use, and Implementation (funding and town by-law changes). Six areas of the Community's responsibility to its citizens have been studied, namely, circulation (streets and roads), drainage, sewerage, edu- cation, recreation, and conservation. CIRCULATION The circulation system of Acton is very much like the circulation system of the human body. Life depends on it. The activities of all residents of the town are closely related to each other since they are all tied together by a single network of roads, streets and walks. The present system of roads in Acton is a charming but obsolete antique. The problems involved are compounded by the number of people whose only interest is to get through the town in the shortest time possible. The improvements in our street system recommended by the Comprehensive Plan are most urgent. They are urgent because all the other recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan are dependent upon a firm and efficient road plan. The changes are easy to accomplish because of public awareness and available help from larger governments, and from the subdivider. The present program of improvements have not and will not keep up with the demands. An accelerated and a different kind of a program is needed. There are various tools available to provide the means for implement- ing a good road and street plan. 1. Adoption of an official map showing existing and proposed streets. No one may build except on streets shown on the official map of a community or on streets in accepted sub- divisions. 2. Subdivision controls can require the subdivider to construct streets, walkways and parking areas to the specifications of the community. 3. Purchase and construction by the town of streets with or with- out eminent domain. THE TOWN OF ACTON 4. Grants-in-aid are available in Chapters 80 and 90 of the Gen- eral Laws. These programs can solve many of the present problem spots such as intersections, street extensions, improve- ment of pavement widths and repaving. 5. State highway construction can solve some of the problems such as parallel roads along Route 2. 6. Urban renewal funds are available. 7. Capital programming can plan and schedule improvements five or more years ahead. 8. Traffic and engineering studies are essential to specific problems in any program. 9. Betterment assessments for improvements and walkways are an accepted tool. 10. Parking meter fees. 11. Provide building set back lines on all existing ways for sight distance, future walks, and ultimate widening. A few of the most urgent improvements to the Town circulation system are listed below. 1. There are twenty-five intersections in Acton that need improve- ment to relieve the bottle-necks of traffic. 2. Route 2 needs a bridge at School Street, a cloverleaf at Hosmer, dead ends at Piper and Taylor Streets, parallel streets and improvements at the intersection with Route 111. For further recommendations which are considered urgent and essential to the community circulation program, please refer to the complete report. DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE The problem of drainage and sewerage is another community responsibility to its citizens studied and reported in the Comprehensive Town Plan. The present inadequacy of many existing surface drainage facilities is a problem of which many citizens are aware from personal experience. The relationship of the high water table at certain locations may be affecting the operation of cesspools and septic tanks and empha- sizes the importance of drainage in connection with the sewerage problem. The Fort Pond Brook drainage area (South and West Acton) is in the highest priority as far as solutions to the problem are concerned. The construction of town sewerage in this area might be put off for some time by a sound drainage program and strong, reasonable controls over land use, cesspools, septic tanks and new subdivisions. 10 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF The Nashoba Brook drainage area (North Acton) has no sanitary sewerage problem at the present. This situation could remain indefinitely if future growth is properly handled and controlled. Recommendations in the Comprehensive Town Plan for solutions to Acton's drainage and sewerage problem are listed below. Sewerage 1. Compile and analyze specific data for each mal-functioning cess- pool or septic tank as reported to the Board of Health. 2. Initiate a hard-headed building code enforcement program to bring substandard facilities in line with prevailing standards. 3. Analyze and design each new subdivision with respect to a potential future sewer layout to serve all lots in the subdivision. 4. Make application for a temporary Federal loan for general design of sewage treatment facilities for the Fort Pond Brook drainage area only. Drainage 1. Continue the drainage surveys, studies and plans on an expanded basis and at an accelerated rate. 2. Prepare a detailed study of conditions along Fort Pond Brook and its tributaries and outline a scheduled program for neces- sary improvements in drainage. 3. Require a complete drainage study including grading of lots for each subdivision — with necessary improvements in subdivision to be done by developer. 4. Develop a capital budget program and schedule for drainage studies and improvement program. EDUCATION The amount of money spent by a community for educational facilities is often more than is spent on all other community facilities. This being true, it is in the area of educational facilities that a well planned program is most essential. The Comprehensive Town Plan has studied the present facilities for education in Acton and found that they are adequate at this time, but they will not serve the needs of the community in the future. Two programs have been recommended for the Town to consider in planning for future school needs. The first program has a target date of 1970. The second program has no definite date, but provides for the number of children estimated in the possible population growth in Acton to 40,000. It is predicted that the number of school children in a town THE TOWN OF ACTON 11 FACILITY ACCOMODATION 31.5 PUPILS/ ROOM— | 27.5 PUPILS/ ROOMW PUPILS i EDUCATION PROJECTED ENROLLMENTS & FACILITIES PROGRAM GRADES 1-6 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 rooo-h 800 600 400 200 1 1 i I l i i I i i I950 I955 I960 I965 1 970 I97X I965 NEW FACILITY -12 ROOMS I970 ADDITION - 4 ROOMS I97X NEW FACILITY- 12 ROOMS ACTON, MASS. 12 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF EDUCATION PROJECTED ENROLLMENTS & FACILITIES PROGRAM GRADES 7-I2 2200- 2000 1800- 1600 - =! 1400 H Q. D Q. 1200 UL. o tf 1000 Id (0 I 800 ^ z 600 400 200 FACILITY ACCOMODATIONS 27 PUPILS /ROOM 24 PUPILS/ ROOM PUPILS " — i i i i I i i i ' i i 1950 1955 I960 1965 1970 I97X 1965 HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION - 13 ROOMS 1970 JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - 18 ROOMS ACTON, MASS THE TOWN OF ACTON 13 of this size would be approximately 9,300. For the purpose of this summary, only the 1970 target date has been considered. Further details may be found in the complete report. The projected population figure for the Town of Acton in 1970 is approximately 11,500. An estimated 3,200 children will be in grades from 1-12. While the recent centralization of the schools has resulted in improved quality of education, continued growth in population and inade- quate acreage at the present site for ultimate growth will make centrali- zation impractical as a continued program. The proposed school program is based on the concept that when 300 or more children live within a one mile walking distance of a good school site, a school should be built there if it fits into the overall town demands. A school so located serves its pupils and neighborhood all day 52 weeks of the year. While there is no lack of good buildable land in Acton, land for schools must be of a particular type. The sites must be large (8 acres or more) to allow for level play fields. They must be located to serve safely and efficiently the homes and neighborhoods where the pupils live. Good school sites in a rapidly growing town must be found far in advance of the actual school need. There is already, in Acton, a scarcity of good school sites in the more populous sections of the town. There is an immediate need to buy sufficient sites for anticipated growth for at least the 1970 target date. Between the time when land is bought and the time when it is used for a school, it can be leased on short term basis or used for recreation. The Planning Board is firmly convinced that now is the time to begin action on the plans for future educational needs. The 1970 pro- posal, coordinated with the present expansion program as outlined by the School Superintendent, is the first stage of a plan for the future. The facilities plan calls for a twelve room elementary school near the junction of Summer and Willow Streets, a four room addition to the McCarthy School, and an eighteen room Junior High School adjacent to the present Regional High School. In April 1961, 270 pupils in grades 1 to 6 could have attended a school at the Summer- Willow Street site from the area within a one-mile walking distance. In 1965, the projected number of pupils in this area is about 350. In September 1970, the estimates indicate about 420 pupils in grades 1 to 6 in this area. The preliminary procedures for the four room addition to the Julia McCarthy School have alreadv been started. According to the study of educational facilities, the present Regional High School will be operating in excess of its designed capacity in 1965. At about this time, additional secondary facilities will be needed. In 1970, there will be a demand for about 400 more seats. It is recom- M 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF mended that a Junior High School of this size be built between 1965 and 1970 adjacent to the present Regional High School. The Junior High School should be placed so that it will not interfere with future High School expansion. It must be recognized that the present High School will not be adequate for the future needs of the town. Although it is not properly within the ten-year program, another elementary school will be needed so shortly after 1970 that it has been included in this part of the program. The recommended site is at the junction of Hosmer and Forest Roads. In I960, there were 105 pupils in grades 1 to 6 within the one-mile walking distance area. By 1970, approximately 400 pupils are anticipated in this area. The first step toward an expanded school system is the acquisition of good school sites. It is the opinion of the Planning Board that land for schools should have the highest priority of any town action. It is recommended that immediate action be initiated to acquire the following sites: Elementary site A Jet. Willow and Summer 10-20 acres Elementary site B Jet. Forest and Hosmer 10-20 acres Elementary site C Jet. Arlington and Charter 10-20 acres Elementary site D Between High and Main 10-20 acres Secondary site I Jet. Charter and Hayward 50-75 acres Secondary site II Jet. Brook and Main 25-50 acres RECREATION AND CONSERVATION While acquiring land which can be used temporarily for recreation purposes, the Town must at the same time consider land to be used for permanent recreation and conservation. As the Town becomes more densely settled, parks, playgrounds and open space become an absolute necessity, not only to provide the amenities desired but in maintaining the property values. It is of the utmost importance that the Town acquire open space for recreation and conservation as rapidly as the financial resources of the Town and private citizens will permit. Development of these areas can be carried out gradually. There is no intent in the Compre- hensive Plan to place all the responsibility for recreation and conservation upon local government. The policy of government which accepts responsi- bility only for those programs and services that cannot be adequately handled by private citizens and organizations is to be continued. There- fore, within the areas of recreation and conservation, the closest coopera- tion between private citizen, private organizations, local government and greater governments must be a primary requirement. Whether you are a native of Acton or a new resident, one of the rea- sons you live here may be because of the open spaces, fields, and woods, THE TOWN OF ACTON 15 With the inevitable population growth, Acton is in danger of losing its rural character. In terms of needs, this means that the opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, riding, and communing with nature are fast disappearing. The maintenance and improvement of these opportunities are basic needs for the Town. At the present time, the recreation facilities do not appear to be sufficient to serve our basic needs. For example, Acton does not have any recreation facilities for adults. Adults may use facilities provided for the children when not in use. There are no facilities for family recreation and there are no parks. The single greatest need in Acton is provision for water recreation: swimming, fishing or boating. If Acton is to provide a well balanced community, land for recreation and conservation must be set aside well ahead of subdivision development or any other type of development. The Comprehensive Town Plan presents a Recreation and Conserva- tion program in outline form only. Further study will be needed for each individual project and proposal. This should be the responsibility of the Recreation and Conservation Commissions with the cooperation of the Planning Board, other Town boards and citizens of the Town. In the recommended Recreation and Conservation outline, the following priorities have been given to the various proposals: 1. The early acquisition of land along the Nashoba and Fort Pond Brooks in that order. 2. The early acquisition of school sites and their immediate development for recreation use. 3. The acquisition and development of a swimming facility preferably close to the population center of the Town. 4. The acquisition of lands for neighborhood parks and pre- school playgrounds. 5. Completion of the Recreation Program. There are many techniques available for accomplishing this pro- gram. Some of those in common use by public and private organizations have been listed, and not one should be overlooked. 1. Outright purchase, with or without eminent domain, or state funds. 2. Gifts offered and accepted outright or in a will. 3. Holding tax title land. 4. Requiring developers to hold in escrow a portion of a subdivi- sion. 16 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 5. Purchasing oversized lots for capital improvements, highways, school, well-fields, etc. (State assistance available here.) 6. Conservation zoning (including flood plain). 7. Urging state and federal organizations to acquire land. 8. Promoting special tax arrangements for open space land users. (Farmers, country clubs, sports men's clubs, camps, etc.) 9. Provisions for cluster zoning. 10. Oversized drainage easements. 11. Scenic easements. 12. Building setbacks from streams and bodies of water under sub- division requirements. 13. Use of urban renewal funds. 14. Implementing Great Ponds Act. 15. Establishment of a Park Department. 16. Use of 50% conservation rebate from the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Natural Resources. ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES Other community facilities which fit properly into a Comprehensive Town Plan are the Fire Department, Police and Highway Departments, water supply, and the Town Library. The Fire Department is just com- pleting modernization and will be good for some years. The Police and Highway Departments are under housed and the proposal to move them to the vicinity of the junction of Rts. 27 and 111 is a desirable step. Further studies should be made including an appraisal of public works, libraries, uniformed services, cemeteries and general government. FUTURE LAND USE PROGRAM The general idea of a Future Land Use Plan is to put down as a definite statement what course the responsible citizens of the community want the future development of that community to take. This Future Land Use Plan is the result of meetings with the Selectmen, School Com- mittee, Health Board, Superintendent of Streets, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Town Engineer, Recreation Commission, Industrial Development Com- mittee, Assessors, and the citizenry of Acton at large through several public meetings. It is important to remember that this is a plan for future develop- ment, not a prediction of what will happen, or a law of what must happen. THE TOWN OF ACTON 17 LAND USE- EXISTING DISTRIBUTION BY PERCENT (lOO/. =12,720 ACRES) COMMERCIAL JANUARY, I960 PLANNING BOARD ACTON, MASS 18 226th ANNUAL REPORT C LAND USE PROPOSED DISTRIBUTION BY PERCENT (1 00 7=12,720 ACRES) RESIDENT AL •: -j_ji- PLANNING BOARD ACTON , MASS THE TOWN OF ACTON 19 The function of this plan will be to help evaluate and coordinate future development proposals. The plan is firmly rooted in a detailed analysis of the existing land use in Acton and surrounding towns, in an appraisal of development trends and plans in the general area, on population studies, drainage studies, an economic base analysis, school studies, recrea- tion study, and Acton's historic development. The Future Land Use Plan is made up of the following five prin- cipal factors: Residential Areas, Industrial Areas, Business Areas, Public Open Spaces and Public Educational Facilities. These are the factors which usually give form to a community. This Plan is a simplified sketch of what Acton should look like in the future and should work to become. The following basic policies have been used to make the proposed Future Land Use Plan. 1 . Continuation of the rural atmosphere with suburban conveniences. 2. Careful integration of desirable industries in the Town without disturbing its basic residential character. 3. Local business serving the local residents. Community shopping centers serving the social and cultural needs of the community as well as material needs. 4. A realistic range of choice in residential areas and housing types. 5. Coordination of Town plans with present development and future plans of surrounding towns. 6. Planning to obtain minimum maintenance costs of public services over long periods of time. The present land use program in Acton calls for all of the residential development in Town to be built up in half-acre lots. From the various studies carried out and meetings held previous to the preparation of the Future Land Use Plan, it has become clear that this is not the ultimate kind of development that is desired by or desirable for the community. The Future Land Use Plan proposes four types of residential develop- ment: 1. URBAN — 12 or more persons per acre. 2. SUBURBAN— 6 persons per acre. 3. RURAL — 3 persons per acre. 4. ESTATE — 1.5 persons per acre. These types of development are generally those that exist in Acton and its abutting towns today. In the case of the proposed URBAN AREAS, the following factors were considered: 20 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 1. Any new development in East, South or West Acton must allow for mult-family structures. 2. If an eventual sewerage system is necessary, a concentration of families along the trunk line will make it economically feasible. 3. Some residential construction besides single-family free-standing dwellings must be allowed. The SUBURBAN AREA consists of all the remaining land in the town that was found by the sanitary engineering consultants to be easily sewered and which is under the greatest pressure for development today. The RURAL AREAS include three small sparsely settled areas that drain into abutting communities and a large portion of North Acton that is presently rural in character and would be extremely expensive to be sewered now or in the future. The ESTATE AREA as proposed is almost completely undeveloped today. Future access to the area would be more from Carlisle and Concord than from Acton. Since the existing development is very low density and both Concord and Carlisle call for low density development, and since servicing such an inaccessible area for a large number of families would be very expensive for Acton, a low density residential area is proposed here. The proposal for future industrial land use areas shows approxi- mately 1,150 acres to be classified for industry. All of the new proposed industrial areas have direct access to Route 2. Where it has seemed particularly desirable and feasible, a wide green belt has been provided to separate these new industrial areas from existing residential neighbor- hoods. The present proposal shows 450 acres for retail business. The pro- posed business areas are divided into "Community Business" and "Neighborhood Business" areas. "Neighborhood Business" areas are to serve the residents of the immediate neighborhood only whereas the "Community Business" areas are to serve Acton and the surrounding communities. Two main "Community Business" areas are proposed; one at Junction of Routes 27 and 111 and one on both sides of Great Road between Brook Street and the N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. tracks. In both cases these Community Shopping Centers are adjacent to proposed sites for secondary educational facilities and a community park or play- ground. These areas, if carried through to completion, will become the new commercial and cultural centers for the town. The public and semi-public land use proposals within the scope of the Comprehensive Plan include only schools, recreation and conserva- tion. Other uses for public lands such as police stations, fire stations, etc. will need further study. The size and location of proposed public lands THE TOWN OF ACTON 21 have been described in the Community Facilities section of the Com- prehensive Plan. The Future Land Use Plan reveals the relationship between the proposals for community facilities and residential, business and industrial proposals. Greenways protect homes from industry; schools are located so as to integrate different types of residential areas and to be within safe, convenient walking distances of the neighborhood shopping; shops are adjacent to conservation and recreation lands. IMPLEMENTATION The problems of population growth in Acton and some proposed measures which can be taken to ease those problems have been described above. There are available to the Town of Acton two basic legal tools which can be designed to achieve the objectives of the Comprehensive Town Plan. 1. Zoning: which legally establishes the Future Land Use Plan. 2. Subdivision Control: which helps to establish the Circulation Plan, the character of newly developed areas, and sets design and construction standards for new streets. ZONING Zoning is the means by which a planning program, or Future Land Use Plan is carried out legally. It is generally the major end product of most planning studies from the point of view of the general public and therefore requires considerable public discussion before presentation for Town Meeting action. The suggested revisions of the Zoning By-Law are made within the framework of the Future Land Use Plan discussed above and, in general, with the existing By-Law where it has proved workable. The organization of the By-Law has been codified and rearranged to conform to a new outline for better understanding and easier use. For further details, study of the complete Comprehensive Report should be made. SUBDIVISION CONTROL LAW It is particularly important that Regulations adopted under the Subdivision Control Law be revised in connection with the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The Plan calls for concrete objectives in future town development which can be carried out by good subdivision control. A revision of the Subdivision Regulations is pertinent at this time because of the volatile nature of recent building construction in Acton. It is almost impossible for municipal rules and regulations to keep up with the changing trends and demands of the building industry. 22 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Another demand for change, at this time, is similar revision of nearby communities. If Acton allows subdivision regulations to become lax and less stringent than its neighbors, the town will attract a poor, unde- sirable, costly type of development. The Acton Planning Board needs a modern, up-to-date Subdivision Control Law in order to protect and promote the health, safety, morals, prosperity and convenience of the citizens as well as to achieve municipal economy. The major part of the proposed revision is concerned with clarifying the intent of various portions of the Regulations and adjusting the pro- visions for greater variety and flexibility in future development and administration. Greater clarity will be achieved by such proposals as: 1. A key map to be submitted with the Preliminary Plan showing the relationship of the proposed subdivision to the community at large and particularly to the community facilities which will serve the subdivision. 2. Adoption of an Inspection Schedule to be initialed and dated by appropriate officials as each inspection of construction activi- ties is completed. 3. Specific proposals to integrate the Regulations with the Com- prehensive Plan, the Official Map, and the Master Sewer Plan. 4. Statements of definite policy regarding recreation, park space and sidewalks, with joint approval of the Planning Board and the Recreation Commission and School Committee. Two proposed revisions to achieve greater flexibility and variety in the future development have a great potential for promoting the general welfare, but will require a high degree of design skill. These proposals are: 1. The encouragement and conditional acceptance of the so-called "Cluster Subdivisions." 2. The variation in required improvement standards according to the density of the population in a proposed subdivision. Another proposal is to require information on the Preliminary or Defini- tive Plan about all utilities, public and private, above and below ground, to make sure that all improvements are well-designed and incorporated into each subdivision. In summary, the proposed revisions to the Acton Subdivision Control Regulations are as follows: upgrade the general standards, provide greater clarity of intent, integrate the responsibility with other Town Boards and officials, coordinate with the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning By-Law, and provide for greater flexibility, economy and variety in future town development. It must be realized that this analysis does not provide a THE TOWN OF ACTON 23 final or fixed set of rules forever. Review and updating of this type of regulation is a continuing responsibility. The object of this summary report and its inclusion in the Annual Report of the Town of Acton 1961 has been to touch on some of the highlights of the Comprehensive Town Plan. Emphasis must be placed on the fact that much of the background material and many of the details have been eliminated in the interests of space and time. This summary is to serve merely as an introduction to some of the changes which may take place in Acton during the next few years. Acton must face the fact that it is no longer a cluster of villages on the outskirts of the metropolitan area. There is enough land in Acton to create a city. Whether Acton grows in an orderly, well balanced progressive manner or becomes a conglomeration of houses, factories, stores, and slum areas depends on the watchful ayes of the voters. A program for planned growth has been presented to the citizens. Much discussion and study are still to come. Be sure that the changes which are made are the ones you want. Read the Comprehensive Town Plan and know the whys, whats, wheres, and whens for new proposals on the Town Warrant. 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Dogs must be licensed on or be- fore April 1st or the owners or keepers thereof are liable to a fine. The law applies to all dogs three months old or over, regardless of time of year ownership is acquired. No tax bills are sent to owners of dogs. REPORT OF DOG LICENSES ISSUED IN 1961 724 Licenses @ $2.00 $1,448.00 111 Licenses @ $5.00 555.00 10 Licenses @ $10.00 100.00 5 Licenses @ $25.00 125.00 1 License @ $50.00 50.00 24 Duplicate Tags @ $.25 6.00 Paid to Town Treasurer $2,284.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 35 ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING December 12, 1960 Adjourned Session December 20, 1960 Article 1 1 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by deleting from Section III, Subsection 1, Paragraphs a and b and substituting therefor: a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than four private motor vehicles. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. b. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval of the Board of Appeals. (Inserted by Planning Board) Moderator appointed the following tellers: Leonard Lee Lester. Joseph J. Coughlan, Harold W. Flood, and William B. Clewley. Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by deleting from Section III, Subsection 1. Paragraphs a and b and substituting therefor : a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than four private motor vehicles. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. b. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval of the Board of Appeals. Hand Vote.. Total — 147. Yes — 135. No — 12. Needed to carry — 98. Article 12 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out Section II, Subsection 3 and inserting in place thereof, the following new section, or take anv other action relative thereto. (Inserted by Planning Board) SECTION II 3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including a graphic pictorial representation thereof. Professional signs of six (6) square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said signs are on the premises of the person or company offering the services advertised and, in the case of real estate signs, are on the premises offered for sale or lease. Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out Section II. Subsection 3 and inserting in place thereof, the following new section; 36 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF SECTION II 3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including a graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said sign is on the premises of the person or company offering the services advertised and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered for sale or lease. Motion: To amend the original motion by striking out in the second line the word "shall" and inserting the word "may" and striking out in the third line the words "after recommendation by the Planning Board." Voted: To amend the amendment by retaining the words "after recommenda- tion by the Planning Board." Voted: To amend the original motion by striking out in the second line the word "shall" and inserting the word "may." Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out Section II, Subsection 3 and inserting in place thereof, the following new section. SECTION II 3. Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this law but may be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including a graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) square feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said sign is on the premises of the person or company offering the services advertised and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered for sale or lease. Article 13 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: "except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the set back and side line distances are maintained," and inserting in place thereof, "except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back and side line distances are maintained." (Inserted by Planning Board) Motion: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: "except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the set back and side line distances are maintained," THE TOWN OF ACTON 37 and inserting in place thereof, "except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back and side line distances are maintained." Motion: To amend the original motion by correcting the insertion to read as follows: "except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage either at the thirty foot set back line or the actual building line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back and side line distances are maintained." Motion Lost. Voted Unanimously: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by striking out the following words from Section III, Subsection 2: "except that on an irregularly shaped lot having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area, a building may be erected provided the set back and side line distances are maintained," and inserting in place thereof, "except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the thirty foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back and side line distances are maintained." A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE. Town Clerk. Boston, Mass. April 12, 1961 The foregoing amendments to Zoning By-Laws adopted under Articles 11, 12 and 13 are hereby approved. /s/ E. J. McCORMACK, JR., Attorney General. 38 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE, three years Lloyd E. Williamson 310 319 494 1,123 James W. Myers 94 146 133 373 George OClair 58 144 100 302 Edwin Richter 193 156 384 733 Blanks 137 153 163 453 CONSTABLES, one year Edward J. Collins, Jr 347 400 582 1,329 Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr 348 417 591 1,356 T. Frederick S. Kennedy 335 406 577 1,318 David W. Scribner 341 400 586 1,327 Scattered 1 1 2 Blanks 212 213 211 636 CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, three years Howard F. Jones 370 422 599 1,391 Blanks 26 37 38 101 BOARD OF HEALTH, three years Donnell W. Boardman 333 376 565 1,274 Scattered 1 1 2 Blanks 62 82 72 216 TRUSTEE OF MEMORIAL LIBRARY, three years Roland R. MacLean 366 404 580 1,350 Scattered 1 1 Blanks 30 54 57 141 PLANNING BOARD, five years Charles Judd Farley 353 396 586 1,335 Scattered 1 1 2 Blanks 42 63 50 155 PLANNING BOARD, three years (to fill vacancy) William M. Veazey 347 384 577 1,308 Blanks 49 75 60 184 TREE WARDEN, one year Franklin H. Charter 376 416 606 1,398 Blanks 20 43 31 94 THE TOWN OF ACTON 39 RECORD OF TOWN ELECTION HELD MARCH 6, 1961 Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total Whole number of votes cast 396 459 637 1,492 MODERATOR, one year James Edward Kinsley 354 413 588 1,355 Scattered 2 2 Blanks 40 46 49 135 TOWN CLERK, one year Charles M. MacRae 360 414 598 1,372 Blanks 36 45 39 120 SELECTMEN, three years Charles D. MacPherson 241 225 401 867 Ralph C. Morse 84 112 81 277 Leo B. Roche 66 117 144 327 Blanks 5 5 11 21 ASSESSOR, three years Carl C. Flint 377 439 601 1,417 Scattered 1 1 Blanks 19 19 36 74 BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE, three years Raymond A. Gallant 377 417 605 1,399 Scattered 1 1 2 Blanks 1.9 . ... 41 31 91 TREASURER, one year Wm. Henry Soar;:..,:. 371 424 603 1,398 Scattered 2 2 Blanks 23 35 34 92 TOWN COLLECTOR, one year Wm. Henry Soar 371 422 596 1,389 Scattered 2 2 Blanks 23 37 41 101 40 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF QUESTION No. 1 Yes ... No Blanks Yes ... No Blanks 163 232 193 294 303 689 199 695 34 34 40 108 QUESTION No. 2 230 297 125 37 422 172 43 949 121 418 45 125 RECOUNT Town Election held March 6, 1961 on QUESTION No. 1 We certify that the following is a true record of votes given for Question 1, "Shall an Act passed by the General Court in the year nineteen hundred and forty-nine entitled 'An Act Relative to the Grant- ing of Vacations for members of the Regular or Permanent Police and Fire Forces in Certain Cities and Town' be accepted?" in the Town of Acton, at the election held on the 6th day of March 1961, as determined by a recount held March 14, 1961. Pet. 1 Yes 161 No 200 Blanks 35 Whole number of ballots cast 396 459 637 1,492 JAMES B. WILSON, JULIA A. BARRY, CHARLES M. MacRAE, Registrars of Voters of the Town of Acton. Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 232 293 686 193 303 696 34 41 110 THE TOWN OF ACTON 41^ ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING March 13, 1961 Article 1 OFFICERS To choose all necessary Town Officers and Committees and fix the salaries and compensation of all the elective officers of the Town. Chose: Helen B. Wood trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund for three years. Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. Chose: Herbert W. Merriam trustee of the Acton Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. Chose: Thelma L. Boatman trustee of the Goodnow Fund for three years and Clark C. McElvein trustee of the Goodnow Fund for two years to fill vacancy. Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars for each night for each meeting for the year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen be six hundred dollars and that the other members be three hundred dollars each for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be one thousand five hundred forty-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be three thousand ninety dollars for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Assessors be three thousand four hundred dollars; the Clerk, one thousand thirty dollars and the third member, seven hundred twenty-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Town Collector be two thousand four hundred seventy-five dollars for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Public Welfare be one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other members seventy-five dollars each for the calendar year 1961. Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of Health be one hundred twenty-five dollars and the other members seventy-five dollars each for the calendar year 1961, and that the Board of Health be authorized to appoint one of its members as an Assistant Agent at the rate of $1.75 per hour in accordance with the provisions of Section 4- A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. Voted: That the wages of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.95 per hour from January 1, 1961 to April 1, 1961 and at $2.03 per hour from April 1, 1961 to and including December 31, 1961 plus $.75 per hour for the use of the Truck. 42 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 2 REPORTS To see if the Town will vote to accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To accept the several reports of the Town Officers and Boards. Article 3 REPORTS To hear and act upon the reports of any Committees chosen at any previous Town Meeting that have not already reported. REPORT OF STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE At the first of January I960 the Street Lighting Committee came into being, and since that time we have been in constant touch with the Board of Selectmen to advise the Board as to the best methods to get the most adequate lighting possible for every dollar spent. At our advice and recommendation the Board of Selectmen have put all street lights on all night burning, this meant that we would get 5 3% more hours of burning at a cost of only 8V 2 %. We also recommend that all 800 lumen be changed to 1000 lumen, this gave the Town 25% more light at 7% more cost. We now have a card index system set up by which we will be able to check against each monthly bill and be able to see any error as to the size or number of street lights in the Town. In co-operation with the Chief of the Fire Department, we recommended that all fire alarm boxes have a street light on the same pole. This is a plan that is highly recommended by the Fire Underwriters. In I960 we recommended the installation of some 70 street lights and the removal of 13 street lights that were either not needed at that point or were replaced by a lamp of larger lumens. We now have 420 lamps in the Town. In 1961 we are recommending that the business districts of South, West and Acton Centre be modernized and that the policy started in I960 be continued to light up dangerous places and all new Fire Alarm Boxes. The Boston Edison Company is now replacing the time switches with Photo Electric Cells that turn the street light on when a certain degree of darkness calls for more light. This will give the Town the benefit of the street lights on dark stormy days both in the A. M. and P. M. at no cost to the Town. The Committee will continue to work for the same goal namely the most possible amount of light for the location at the most economical rate that the Town can get. The Town now has 341, 1000 lumen, 44, 2500 lumen, 25, 6000 lumen and 10, 11000 mercury vapor lamps as of March 1, 1961. Respectfully submitted, JOHN F. NEVILLE, Chairman BYRD D. GOSS JOSEPH F. BUSHELL Street Lighting Committee Voted: To accept report of Street Lighting Committee. THE TOWN OF ACTON 43 Voted: To take up Article 8. Article 8 TOWN DUMP To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer the control and operation of the Town Dump from the Board of Health to the Highway Department as of April 1, 1961, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer the control and operation of the Town Dump from the Board of Health to the Highway Depart- ment as of April 1, 1961. Article 4 BUDGET To see what sums of money the Town will vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses of the several departments of the Town and determine how the same shall be raised. Voted Unanimously: That the following sums of money be appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be expended only for thepurposes under the direction of the respective boards, committees, or officers of the Town as follows, and that the total money shall be raised in the 1961 Tax Levy. General Government 1. Moderator $75.00 2. Finance Committee Expenses 125.00 3. Selectmen's Salaries 1,200.00 4. Selectmen's Expenses 1,275.00 5. Town Office Clerical — Salary — Wages 14,135.00 6. Engineering Department — Salary 11,800.00 7. Expenses 1,850.00 8. Legal Services — Board of Selectmen 2,000.00 9. Town Accountant 1.855.00 10. Expenses 225.00 11. Treasurer — Salary 3,090.00 12. Expenses 700.00 13. Town Collector — Salary 2,475.00 14. Expenses 1,025.00 15. Town Assessors — Salaries 5,155.00 16. Expenses 500.00 17. Town Clerk — Salary 1,545.00 18. Expenses 450.00 Elections and Registrations 19. Salaries and Wages 2,300.00 20. Expenses 560.00 21. Planning Board — Expenses 1,500.00 22. Board of Appeals — Expenses 50.00 23. Total General Government S53.890.00 44 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Buildings and Grounds 24. Salaries and Wages $4,515.00 25. Expenses 5,210.00 26. Total Buildings and Grounds $9,725.00 Protection of Persons and Property Police Department 27. Salaries and Wages $50,150.00 28. Expenses 6,955.00 Fire Department 29. Salaries and Wages 15,560.00 30. Expenses 10,325.00 Fire Alarm System 31. Salaries and Wages 6,010.00 32. Expenses 2,850.00 33. Fire Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 Sealer of Weights and Measures 34. Salary and Travel 360.00 35. Expenses 50.00 Moth Department — Chapter 657 36. Wages 3,580.00 37. Expenses 1,700.00 38. Town Forest — Maintenance 100.00 39. Shade Tree Replacement 425.00 40. Tree Warden — Wages 2,885.00 41. Expenses 1,100.00 Wire Inspector 42. Wages and Travel 2,000.00 43. Expenses 100.00 Building Inspector 44. Wages and Travel 4,300.00 45. Expenses 150.00 Dog Officer 46. Wages and Travel 515.00 47. Building Committee 50.00 48. Civilian Defense 285.00 49. Total Protection $122,050.00 Health and Sanitation 50. Board of Health — Salaries $275.00 51. Expenses 1,875.00 52. Secretary — Salary 3,190.00 53. Town Nurse — Salary 4,180.00 THE TOWN OF AaON 45 54. Expenses 1,210.00 55. Town Nurse Part-Time — Wages 660.00 56. Agent and Part-Time Agent — Wages 4,520.00 57. Laboratory Fees 500.00 58. Town Dump — Custodian — Wages 858.00 59. Custodian Part-Time — Wages 354.00 60. Hospital and Sanitorium 1,500.00 61. Medical Supplies 250.00 62. Clinics 1,000.00 63. Garbage Collector 11,135.00 64. Inspector of Animals — Salary 150.00 65. Expenses 30.00 66. Plumbing Inspector — Wages 2,400.00 67. Mosquito Control 4,500.00 68. Total Health and Sanitation S38.587.00 Highways 69. Village Highways $5,630.00 70. Drainage 12,000.00 71. Chapter 81 Highways 12,400.00 72. Chapter 90 Highways 2,000.00 73. Snow Removal 26,000.00 74. Traffic Signs and Lines 1,750.00 75. Vacations and Holidays 2,055.00 76. Sidewalk Maintenance 500.00 77. Highway Machinery — Maintenance 6,500.00 78. Street Lighting 14,750.00 78A. Operation Town Dump 4.758.00 79. Total Highways S88.343.00 Charities 80. District and Local Welfare Administration — Salaries $2,675.00 81. Public Assistance 65,000.00 82. Total Charities S67.675.00 Veterans' Aid 83. Veterans' Benefits — Salary $600.00 84. Expenses 250.00 85. Expenditures 12.500.00 86. Veterans' Services — Salary 600.00 87. Expenses 25.00 88. Total Veterans' Aid 113,975.00 Education Local Schools 89. Instruction $261,941.00 90. Textbooks and Supplies 14,646.00 91. Plant Operation 33.32V00 46 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF 92. Blanchard Auditorium 8,400.00 93. Maintenance 3,116.00 94. Auxiliary Agencies 28,400.00 95. General Control 9,400.00 96. Outlay 1,497.00 97. Contingency Fund 500.00 98. Total Local School Budget $361,225.00 Regional School 99. Instruction $212,168.98 100. Textbooks and Supplies 14,986.00 101. Plant Operation 24,757.28 102. Maintenance 1,412.22 103. Auxiliary Agencies 8,739.15 104. Transportation 8,184.25 105. General Control 9,763.45 106. Outlay 1,393.04 107. Blanchard Auditorium Lease 4,807.56 108. Athletic Fund 3,333.70 109. Contingency Fund 174.36 110. Total Regional School Budget $289,719-99 111. Total Education $650,944.99 Libraries 112. Salaries and Wages $6,045.00 113. Expenses 1,700.00 114. Books 1,200.00 115. Total Libraries $8,945.00 Recreation 116. Playgrounds — Wages $1,200.00 117. Expenses 1,000.00 118. Total Recreation $2,200.00 Cemeteries 119. Salaries and Wages $15,500.00 120. Expenses 2,650.00 121. Total Cemeteries $18,150.00 Other Unclassified Expenses 122. Town Reports $2,700.00 123. Workmen's Compensation 4,000.00 124. Surety Bonds 700.00 125. Archives Committee — Expenses 150.00 126. Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 3,600.00 127. Boiler aand Machinery Insurance 800.00 THE TOWN OP ACTON 47 128. Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance 2,500.00 129. Memorial Day 800.00 130. Miscellaneous 1,000.00 131. Total Other Unclassified Expenses Sl6.250.00 Pensions 132. Pension Fund $8,036.90 133. Expenses 326.00 134. Military Service Fund 13.86 135. Total Pensions S8.376.76 Maturing Debt and Interest Regional School 136. Maturing Debt S37, 620.00 137. Interest 40,123.25 Julia McCarthy Elementary School 138. Maturing Debt S15,000.00 139. Interest 3.400.00 New Elementary School 140. Maturing Debt S45.000.00 141. Interest 25.380.00 West Acton Fire Station 142. Maturing Debt 512,000.00 143. Interest 792.00 Anticipation of Revenue — Notes 144. Interest 325.00 145. Miscellaneous Interest 1.200.00 146. Total Maturing Debt and Interest S180.840.25 147. Total Budget to be raised and appropriated SI. 279.952.00 Special Articles Art. 5. Stabilization Fund $7,000.00 Art. 9. Drainage Survey 3,700.00 Art. 11. Office Furniture 200.00 Art. 12. Typewriter, etc 300.00 Art. 13. Personnel By-Law 4.000.00 Art. 14. Receiver-transmitter (CD) 395.00 Art. 15. Library — painting 450.00 Art. 16. Library — furniture 950.00 Art. 19. Playgrounds — see-saws 800.00 Art. 21. Water Safety Account 600.00 Art. 23. Records — Reg. of Deeds 2,000.00 Art. 24. Vocational Tuition and Transportation 3.500.00 48 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Check Protector — Treasurer 310.00 Hand power mowers — Hwy 200.00 Town Hall Clock 750.00 Martin Street — Culvert and Bridge 2,500.00 Speed Limit Signs 450.00 New Construction — Main Street 5,950.00 Industrial Development Commission 500.00 Sidewalk — Main Street 7.500.00 West and South Water Supply District — Hosmer Street 200.00 Reserve Fund 5,000.00 Fire Alarm Extension (Robbins Park) 2.900.00 Fire Alarm Extension (Ethan Allen Drive) 400.00 Fire Alarm Extension (Oakwood and Pinewood Roads) 600.00 Total to be raised and appropriated under Special Articles $51,155.00 Transfers From Overlay Surplus and Surplus Revenue To Fire Station $40,000.00 Budget 50.000.00 Playgrounds — move fence 290.00 Highways 38,725.00 Reserve Fund 5.000.00 Art. 25. Art. 26. Art. 28. Art. 29. Art. 31. Art. 33. Art. 36. Art. 39. Art. 42. Art. 43. Art. 44. Art. 45. Art. 46. Art. 17. Art. 18. Art. 20. Art. 34. Art. 43. 5134.015.00 Other Transfers Art. 6. From Stabilization Fund To Fire Truck 518.000.00 Art. 7. From Stabilization Fund To Fire Chief's Car 1.800.00 Art. 32. From Machinery Fund To Highway Truck 5,840.00 525.6-10.00 Borrow Art. 17. For Fire Station S60.000.00 Grand Total 51.550.762.00 Voted: To take up Article 37. Article 37 ZONING To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the THE TOWN OF ACTON 49 Northerly and Southerly sides of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm, or take any other action relative thereto. Moderator appointed the following tellers: John Neville, Donald Loring, Warren Newell, Thomas Wetherbee, David Tinker, Harold W. Flood, Robert Stow, Robert Clapp, Dana Hinckley, James B. Wilson, Julia A. Barry, Jessie Wood Knippel, Eleanor P. Wilson, Phyllis K. Sprague, Hazel P. Vose, Mabel McNamara. Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the Southerly side of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massa- chusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm. Ballot vote. Total — 724. Yes — 604. No— 120. Needed to carry — 482. Article 5 STABILIZATION FUND To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $7,000.00, or any other sum, for a Stabilization Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $7,000.00 for a Stabilization Fund pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5-B. Article 6 FIRE TRUCK To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $18,000.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a Fire Truck, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $18,000.00, for the purchase of a Fire Truck. Article 7 FIRE CHIEF'S CAR To see if the Town will vote to transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $1,900.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a motor vehicle for the use of the Fire Chief, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of the present vehicle, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To transfer from the Stabilization Fund the sum of $1,800.00 for the purchase of a motor vehicle for the use of the Fire Chief, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or otherwise dispose of the present vehicle. Voted: To take up Article 10. 50 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 10 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds a sum of money to pay the Town's Share of premiums of Blue Cross and Blue Shield and life insurance on Town employees, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To pass over Article. Article 11 TOWN HALL To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $200.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of office furniture for the Town Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, for the purchase of office furniture for the Town Hall. Article 12 TOWN HALL To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $300.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a typewriter, chair and stand for use in the Town Office, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $300.00, for the purchase of a typewriter, chair and stand for use in the Town Office. Article 22 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $38,000.00, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase, take by eminent domain or otherwise acquire for recreational purposes three parcels of land, with the build- ings thereon, situated in the Northerly part of Acton, on either side of Wheeler Lane and bounded approximately as follows: Northerly by land formerly of Hollo- well, Sheehan and Miller; Westerly by land formerly of Miller and Murphy; Southerly by land formerly of Murphy, Luther Conant and Estelle T. Davis; and Easterly by land formerly of Blanchard & Gould Co., the Mill Pond and Hollo- well. Containing in all about forty-four acres, more or less; and to take any other action relative thereto. Motion: That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase, for recreational purposes three parcels of land, with the buildings thereon, situated in the Northerly part of Acton, on either side of Wheeler Lane and bounded approximately as follows: NORTHERLY by land formerly of Hollowell, Sheehan and Miller; WESTERLY by land formerly of Miller and Murphy; SOUTHERLY by land formerly of Murphy, Luther Conant and Estelle T. Davis; and EASTERLY by land formerly of Blanchard & Gould Co., the Mill Pond and Hollowell. Containing in all about forty-four acres, more or less. And that the sum of $38,000.00 be raised and appropriated therefor, said sum to be applicable to the cost of the land and the buildings and to any costs in connection with the THE TOWN OF ACTON 51; purchase thereof. Said land after purchase to be held under control of the Recreation Commission. Same tellers. Ballot Vote. 573. Yes — 241. No— 332. Votes needed to carry 382. Motion Lost. Voted: To adjourn after ballot vote on Article 22. Adjourned at 11:24 P. M. The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 15. 1961. Article 9 DRAINAGE SURVEY To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $4,500.00, or any other sum, to be spent by the Plan- ning Board to continue the survey of drainage in the Town, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,700.00, to be spent by the Planning Board to continue the survey of drainage in the Town. Article 13 PERSONNEL BY-LAW To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $4,000.00, or any other sum, to engage an outside consulting firm to take whatever steps are necessary to establish for the Town's approval in March 1962, a Personnel By-Law, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00, to engage an out- side consulting firm to take whatever steps are necessary to establish for the Town's approval in March 1962, a Personnel By-Law. Article 14 CIVIL DEFENSE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $375.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of a station type receiver-transmitter for Civil Defense Headquarters, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $395.00, for the purchase of a station type receiver-transmitter for Civil Defense Headquarters. 52 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 15 LIBRARY To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $450.00, or any other sum, for exterior and interior painting of the Acton Memorial Library, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00, for exterior and interior painting of the Acton Memorial Library. Article 16 LIBRARY To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $950.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of several pieces of furniture and equipment for Acton Memorial Library, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $950.00, for the purchase of several pieces of furniture and equipment for Acton Memorial Library. Article 17 FIRE STATION SOUTH To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town for the constructing, equipping and furnishing of a Fire Station in that part of Acton called South Acton ond located on the old school site on School Street, and to see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money therefor, to be provided by taxation, by appropriation from available funds in the Treasury or by borrowings under Chapter 44 of the General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: Unanimously: To authorize the Town Building Committee to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town for the planning, constructing, and equipping of a fire station on the site of the Old South Acton School so-called located on the Northerly side of School Street in that part of Acton called South Acton owned now or formerly by the Town of Acton; and that the Town appropriate the sum of One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.) Dollars therefor and to meet said appro- priation that there be transferred from Surplus Revenue the sum of Forty Thousand ($40,000.) Dollars and that the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, be and hereby is authorized to borrow the sum of Sixty Thousand ($60,000.) Dollars and to issue bonds and/or notes of the Town therefor in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws. Article 18 BUDGET To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and transfer a sum of money from Free Cash to be used by the Assessors in considering and fixing the tax rate for the current year, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To appropriate and transfer $50,000.00 from Surplus Revenue to be used by the Assessors in considering and fixing the tax rate for the current year 1961. THE TOWN OF ACTON 53 Article 19 RECREATION To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $800.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of three- sets of see-saws (6 per set) for each playground — West Acton Playground. Jones' Field and Goward Field, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $800.00, for the purchase of three sets of see-saws (6 per set) for each playground — West Acton Playground, Jones' Field and Goward Field. Article 20 RECREATION To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $290.00, or any other sum, to move from the old Acton Center School 125 feet of link fence to the West Acton Playground, said fence to run along parallel to Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $290.00, to move from the old Acton Center School 125 feet of link fence to the West Acton Playground, said fence to run along parallel to Massachusetts Avenue. Article 21 WATER SAFETY PROGRAM To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $600.00, or any other sum, for the support of the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School Department, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, for the support of the Water Safety Program which is jointly sponsored by the Red Cross and the School Department. Article 23 REGISTRY OF DEEDS RECORDS To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,000.00, or any other sum, for the purpose of gath- ering copies of all records in the Registry of Deeds pertaining to transactions within the Town of Acton in order to enable the Town to take the first step toward the preparation of a Town Atlas, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00, for the purpose of gathering copies of all records in the Registry of Deeds pertaining to transactions within the Town of Acton in order to enable the Town to take the first step toward the preparation of a Town Atlas. 54 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 24 VOCATIONAL To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,500.00, or any other sum, for the payment of voca- tional tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $3,500.00 for the payment of vocational tuition and transportation according to the provisions of Chapter 74 of the General Laws. Article 25 CHECK PROTECTOR To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $310.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of an electrically operated check protector, for the Treasurer, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $310.00 for the purchase of an electrically operated check protector, for the Treasurer. Article 26 POWER MOWERS To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $200.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of two hand power mowers for the Highway Department, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of two hand power mowers for the Highway Department. Article 27 BY-LAW To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. No contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent con- tractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) days before the time advertised for opening of bids," or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. No contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the THE TOWN OF ACTON 55 estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) days before the time advertised for opening of bids." Article 28 ELECTRIFY CLOCK ON TOWN HALL To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $750.00, or any other sum, to electrify the clock on the Town Hall, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $750.00 to electrify the clock on the Town Hall. Article 29 MARTIN STREET BRIDGE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $2,500.00, or any other sum, to install a new culvert and replace the bridge on Martin Street, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00, to install a new culvert and replace the bridge on Martin Street. Article 30 SNOW BUCKET To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell the large snow bucket which is of no further use to the Highway Department, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell the large snow bucket which is of no further use to the Highway Department. Article 31 SPEED LIMIT SIGNS To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $450.00, or any other sum, for the purchase and installation of twelve (12) speed limit signs, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00, for the purchase and installation of twelve (12) speed limit signs. Article 32 HIGHWAY TRUCK To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $5,500.00. or any other sum. for the purchase of a 56 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF lew truck for the Highway Department, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or dispose of the 1947 truck, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To appropriate from the Machinery Fund the sum of $5,840.00 for the purchase of a new truck for the Highway Department, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or dispose of the 1947 truck. Article 33 MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $5,950.00, or any other sum, for Chapter 90 Construc- tion on Main Street; said money to be used in conjunction with $5,950.00 to be allotted by the County and $11,900.00 to be allotted by the State, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $5,950.00, for Chapter 90 Construction on Main Street; said money to be used in conjunction with $5,950.00 to be allotted by the County and $11,900.00 to be allotted by the State. Article 34 CHAPTERS 81 AND 90 To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's and County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $38,725.00, provided that the reimbursement be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. Chapter 81 Maintenance State $17,875.00 Chapter 90 Maintenance State 1,500.00 Chapter 90 Maintenance County 1,500.00 Chapter 90 New Construction County 5,950.00 Chapter 90 New Construction State 11,900.00 $38,725.00 Article 35 INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the General Laws as established by Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1954 and amended by Chapter 102 of the Acts of 1955, and to establish an Indus- trial Development Commission of six (6) members with all the powers and duties thereof as provided in said Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 G. L., or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To accept the provisions of Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the General Laws as established by Chapter 297 of the Acts of 1954 and amended by Chapter 102 of the Acts of 1955, and to establish an Industrial Development Com- mission of six (6) members with all the powers and duties thereof as provided in said Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 G. L. THE TOWN OF ACTON 57 Article 36 INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, or any other sum for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Industrial Development Commission as provided by Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Industrial Development Commission as provided by Section 8 (A) of Chapter 40 of the General Laws. Article 38 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,750.00, or any other sum, for the construction of a sidewalk on the northerly side of Arlington Street, between the Railroad tracks and Spruce Street, or take any other action relative thereto. Motion: To raise and appropriate the sum of S500.00, for the construction of a sidewalk on the northerly side of Arlington Street, between the Railroad tracks and Spruce Street. Motion Lost. Article 39 SIDEWALK MAIN STREET To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $7,500.00, or any other sum. for the purpose of con- structing a sidewalk along the westerly side of Main Street in a northerly direction from Prospect Street for a distance of 1,000 feet, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $7,500.00, for the purpose of constructing a sidewalk along the westerly side of Main Street in a northerly direction from Prospect Street for a distance of 1,000 feet. Hand Vote. Yes — 147. No — 135. Total 282. Voted: To reopen Article 4, Item 73- Article 4 Voted: To amend Item 73 to read $26,000.00. Article 40 CENTRAL STREET To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take initial legal and engineering steps in making a layout for the proposed relocation of parts of Central Street, more particularlv between Richardson's Crossing and Kinsley Road and between Spruce Street and Elm Street, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to take initial legal and engi- neering steps in making a layout for the proposed relocation of parts of Central Street, more particularly between Richardson's Crossing and Kinslev Road and between Soruce Street and Elm Street. 58 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 41 BORROW MONEY To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in antici- pation of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1961 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue for the financial year beginning January 1, 1961 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. Article 42 WATER DISTRICT To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $200.00, as its contribution to the West and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six-inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on Massachusetts Avenue, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00, as its contribution to the West and South Water Supply District of Acton toward the cost of extending a six-inch water main from Hosmer Street to the Acton town dump on Massachu- setts Avenue. Article 43 RESERVE FUND To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $10,000.00, or any other sum, for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 6, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate $5,000.00 and that $5,000.00 be appro- priated from Overlay Surplus for a Reserve Fund, pursuant to the provisions of General Laws, Chanter 40, Section 6. Article 44 FIRE ALARM To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $3,400.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm system on Hosmer Street from Concord Road to Longfellow Park, on Longfellow Park to Alcott Street, on Alcott Street to Thoreau Road, on Thoreau Road, to Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Emerson Drive, on Emerson Drive to Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Concord Road, and to install five new street alarm boxes, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $2,900.00, to extend the fire alarm system on Hosmer Street from Concord Road to Longfellow Park, on Long- THE TOWN OF ACTON 59 fellow Park to Alcott Street, on Alcott Street to Thoreau Road, on Thoreau Road to Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Emerson Drive, on Emerson Drive to Alcott Street, and on Alcott Street to Concord Road, and to install five new street alarm boxes. Article 45 FIRE ALARM To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $400.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm system on Ethan Allen Drive from Summer Street to Paul Revere Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this extension, and install one street alarm box, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $400.00, to extend the fire alarm system on Ethan Allen Drive from Summer Street to Paul Revere Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this extension, and install one street alarm box. Article 46 FIRE ALARM To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $600.00, or any other sum, to extend the fire alarm system on Oakwood Road from Piper Road to Pinewood Road and on Pinewood Road to Brucewood Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this exten- sion, and install one street alarm box, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $600.00, to extend the fire alarm system on Oakwood Road from Piper Road to Pinewood Road and on Pine- wood Road to Brucewood Road, thereby completing the Town's obligation on this extension, and install one street alarm box. Article 47 BUILDING INSPECTOR To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 3 of Chapter 145 of the Gen- eral Laws, as amended, covering the inspection of certain types of buildings by the local building inspector, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted: To accept Section 3 of Chapter 143 of the General Laws, as amended, covering the inspection of certain types of buildings by the local building inspector. Article 48 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a three-man committee to study the feasibility of the establishment of a Public Works Department, said committee to report periodically to the Selectmen and to make a final report to the next annual Town Meeting, or take any other action relative thereto. 60 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint a three-man com- mittee to study the feasibility of the establishment of a Public Works Department, said committee to report periodically to the Selectmen and to make a final report to the next annual Town Meeting. Voted: To adjourn at 9:51 P.M. A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE, Town Clerk. ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, MARCH 13, 1961 ADJOURNED SESSION March 15. 1961 Article 27 To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 5 of Section I and by inserting the following: "Article 5. No contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) days before the time advertised for opening of bids," or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To amend the By-Laws of the Town of Acton by striking out Article 5 of Section I and inserting the following: "Article 5. No contract shall be awarded for any work or service, other than day work, road work or professional services, to be performed for the Town by an independent contractor and no purchase of supplies, materials or equipment shall be made, the estimated cost of which in either case is $750.00 or more, unless advertised for competitive bids. Such bids shall be advertised by public advertisement by at least one insertion in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town at least ten (10) days before the time advertised for opening of bids." Article 37 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the Northerly and Southerly sides of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm, or take any other action relative thereto. Moderator appointed the following tellers: John Neville, Donald Loring, Warren Newell, Thomas Wetherbee, David Tinker, Harold W. Flood, Robert Stow, Robert Clapp, Dana Hinckley, James B. Wilson, Julia A. Barry, Jessie THE TOWN OP AaON 61_ Wood Knippel, Eleanor P. Wilson, Phyllis K. Sprague, Hazel P. Vose. Mabel McNamara. Voted: To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton by rezoning from residential to industrial the property on the Southerly side of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2) now owned by the Commonwealth of Massa- chusetts and commonly known as the Concord Reformatory Farm. Ballot Vote. Total — 724. Yes — 604. No — 1 20. Needed to carry — 482. A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE, Town Clerk. Boston, Mass. May 29, 1961. The foregoing amendment to by-laws adopted under Article 27 and amend- ment to zoning by-laws adopted under Article 37 are hereby approved. /s/ E. J. McCORMACK, JR., Attorney General. 62 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING July 17, 1961 Article 1 ADDITION JULIA MCCARTHY SCHOOL To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or appropriate from available funds the sum of $10,000.00, or any other sum, to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect. Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making architectural working drawings for a con- templated four (4) room addition to the present Julia McCarthy Elementary School, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from Surplus Revenue the sum of $10,000.00 to be expended by the Town Building Committee for the purpose of hiring an architect. Said architect to be hired for the purpose of making archi- tectural working drawings for a contemplated four (4) room addition to the present Julia McCarthy Elementary School. Article 2 AIR COMPRESSOR To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available funds the sum of $750.00, or any other sum, to replace the air compressor at the West Acton Fire Station and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade in the old compressor, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $750.00 for the purchase of a new air compressor for the West Acton Fire Station and authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade-in the old compressor. Article 3 CENTRAL STREET To see if the Town will vote to accept the relocation of Central Street, from about the grade crossing, locally known as Richardson's Crossing, in an easterly and southerly direction for approximately 1,372 feet, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk, or take any other action relative thereto. Voted Unanimously: To accept the relocation of Central Street, from about the grade crossing, locally known as Richardson's Crossing, in an easterly and southerly direction for approximately 1,372 feet, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen for common convenience, necessity and public safety, according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk. Voted: To adjourn at 8:18 P. M. A true copy. Attest: CHARLES M. MacRAE, Town Clerk. THE TOWN OF ACTON 63 ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING December 18, 1961 Article 1 Voted unanimously: To transfer the unexpended balance of $39,974.87 in the Elementary School Building Account to the Julia McCarthy School Addition Account. Article 2 Voted unanimously: 1. That there be and hereby is authorized the construction, original equipping and furnishing of an addition to the Julia McCarthy School for Grade 1 . to be located on land of the Town on Charter Road, said school to con- tain four rooms and to be in accordance with final plans prepared by The Architects Collaborative; 2. That the sum of S125,000.00 is hereby appropriated to meet the cost of construction, original equipping and furnishing said school building: 3. That said appropriation shall be raised in the following manner: the sum of $39,974.87 transferred from unexpended funds in the Elementary School Account; S25.025.13 be transferred from Surplus Revenue; and $60,000.00 by borrowing under the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws. -i. That the notes of each loan hereinbefore authorized may be issued and sold at one time or from time to time, but all notes shall be issued and sold in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 44 of the General Laws and each issue of said Notes shall be paid in not more than five (5) years from the date thereof; and 5. That the Town Building Committee of four members, appointed pursuant to authority granted under Article 15 of the 1956 Annual Town Meeting, is hereby empowered in the name of and in behalf of the Town of Acton in addition to authority previously granted, to enter into such contracts or contract as it may deem advisable and in accordance with the applicable provisions of law for the planning, construction, original equipping and furnishing of said addition to the Julia McCarthy School, and all other matters connected with and incidental thereto, including by way of illus- tration and not by way of limitation, the necessary architectural, engineer- ing, and other professional services. Article 3 Voted unanimously: To increase the membership of the Conservation Com- mission from five (5) to seven (7) members, by the appointment of two members- at-large, the latter number being authorized by Section 8C. Chapter 40 of the General Laws as established by Chapter 495 of the Acts of 1956 and amended by Chapter 223 of the Acts of 1959, and to redesignate all members as members-at- large; initially two to be appointed for terms of 1 year, three to be appointed for 2 years, and two to be appointed for 3 years, thereafter all members to be appointed for three years. 64 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 4 Voted unanimously: To accept the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 40A of the General Laws so that no appeal or petition for a variance from the terms of the Zoning By-Law, or application for a special permission under the provisions of said by-law, which has been unfavorably acted upon by the Board of Appeals shall be considered again on its merits by said Board for two years after the date of such unfavorable action, except with the consent of the Planning Board. Article 5 Voted unanimously: To accept the revised form of the existing Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton containing a table of contents, numerical sub-titles and the existing Zoning By-Laws, in place of the present form of said by-laws. THE PROTECTIVE ZONING BY-LAW OF THE TOWN OF ACTON Adopted December 16, 1953; As amended to December 20, I960 inclusive REVISED FORM TABLE OF CONTENTS I PREAMBLE II GENERAL REGULATIONS A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings B. Temporary Uses C. Lots in Two Districts D. Signs and Advertising Devices E. Trailers III DISTRICTS A. Classes of Districts 1 . Residential 2. Business 3. Industrial B. Location of Districts IV USE REGULATIONS A. Residential and Agricultural District B. Business District C Industrial V INTENSITY REGULATIONS A. Residential and Agricultural District 1. Area Regulations 2. Setback 3. Side and Rear Lines B. Business District 1. Area Regulations 2. Setback THE TOWN OF ACTON 65 C. Industrial District 1. Area and Yard Regulations 2. Setback .->■ Side and Rear Lines a. Parking Area 5. Off-Street Loading Facilities VI ADMINISTRATION A. Enforcement 1. Enforcement B. Board of Appeals C. Amendments D. Effect of By-Law E. Validity I PREAMBLE For the purpose of promoting in the Town of Acton the health, safety, convenience and welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the dangers from fire, congestion and confusion and to encourage the most appropriate use of land in the town, this protective by-law is enacted. II GENERAL REGULATIONS A. Continued Nonconforming Use of Land and Buildings 1. Nothing in this by-law shall prohibit the continued lawful use of land or buildings in the same or similar manner in which they were used at the time of the adoption of this by-law, but if any nonconforming use shall be discontinued for a period of more than five years, it may not be resumed except by a permit granted by the Board of Appeals. 2. Necessary repairs and rebuilding of nonconforming structure after damage by fire, storm, or similar disaster are hereby permitted provided they are accomplished without undue delay and do not substantially change the character or size of the buildings nor the use to which they were put prior to such damage. B. Temporary Uses The Board of Appeals may permit a temporary building or use incidental to the development of a neighborhood, such permit to be issued for an initial period of not more than two years and for renewal periods of not more than one year each. C. Lots in Two Districts When a district boundary line divides a lot of single or joint ownership ot record at the time this by-law is adopted, the regulations for the less restricted portion of such lot shall extend not more than thirty feet into the more restricted portion, provided the lot has frontage on a street in the less restricted district. D. Signs and Advertising Devices Signs and advertising devices shall not be considered structures under this law but shall be licensed by the Selectmen after recommendation by the Planning Board. Application for a license shall be made to the Selectmen and shall be accompanied by a complete description of the sign including a graphic pictorial representation thereof. A professional sign of six (6) square 66 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF feet or less in area shall not require a license provided that said sign is on the premises of the person or company offering the services advertised and, in the case of a real estate sign, is on the premises offered for sale or lease. E. Trailers Hereafter no person shall use or permit to be used for dwelling purposes within the Town, any trailer or similar mobile equipment whether registered or unregistered, mobile or immobile, except that mobile trailers may be used for temporary dwelling purposes, provided such use is licensed by the Select- men, said license to be applied for by the occupant within three (3) days after the unit is located in the Town, and with no license granted hereunder to be for a period exceeding six (6) calendar months. III DISTRICTS A. Classes of Districts For the purposes of this by-law the Town of Acton is hereby divided into the following three classes of Districts. 1. Residential 2. Business 3. Industrial B. Location of Districts Said districts are denned and bounded on the map which accompanies this by-law, entitled "Zoning Map of the Town of Acton," Map No. 1 dated and filed in the office of the Town Clerk, which map, with notations thereon, is hereby made a part of this by-law. In the event of any difference between scaled distance upon said map and distance as indicated by figures, said figures shall govern. 1. The industrial area marked A and shown on the map as located in Acton Center lies southeasterly on Main Street between Nagog Hill Road and Brook Street and includes only the land described in the following deeds: Mary A. Packard to Technology Instrument Corporation, recorded in Mid- dlesex South District Deeds Book 7632 Page 383. Mary A. Packard to Lucius E. Packard and Raymond W. Searle, recorded in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7840 Page 375. Norman E. Livermore to Paul M. and Margaret McPherson, recorded in Middlesex South District Deeds Book 7716 Page 558. IV USE REGULATIONS A. Residential and Agricultural District 1. In a residential and agricultural district a building or premise may be erected, altered, or used for the following purposes: a. A dwelling for one family including garaging for not more than four private motor vehicles. b. Housing for farm equipment shall not be limited. c. Multiple dwelling units for two or more families upon approval of the Board of Appeals. d. Agricultural use including the sale of farm products, the major portion of which is grown on the premises. e. Municipal, recreational, educational or religious use. THE TOWN OF ACTON 67 f. Accessory use on the same lot if not detrimental to the neighbor- hood, including the use of a room or rooms in a dwelling for not more than four paying guests, as a tea room, an office or studio by a physician, dentist, lawyer, music teacher, hairdresser, worker in handicrafts or a person of similar vocation resident in the dwell- ing, employing not more than two permanent employees. 2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals if adjudged nondetrimental to the neighborhood: a. Sawmill b. Kennel c. Rest Home d. Sand or Gravel Pit e. Stone Quarry f. Undertaking Eestablishment g. Guest or Lodging House for more than four persons. B. Business District 1. In a business district, a building or structure may be erected or altered and a building, structure or premises may be used for any of the following purposes if not injurious, noxious or harmful to the health of the neighbor- hood by reasons of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, noise, or other cause. a. Any use as permitted in a residential and agricultural district. b. Retail business, service or public utility. Manufacturing on the premises of products the major portion of which is to be sold on the premises to the ultimate consumers thereof. c. Bank or office. d. Apartment, hotel, or lodging house. Not to include Trailer Camp. e. Place of amusement or assembly. f. Restaurant. 2. The following and similar uses may be permitted by the Board of Appeals if adjudged nondetrimental to the neighborhood. a. Sawmill b. Kennel c. Wholesale business not involving manufacture d. Warehouse e. Stone Quarry f. Undertaking establishment g. Sand or gravel pit C. Industrial District 1. In an industrial district, a building or structure may be erected or altered and a building, structure or premises may be used for manufacturing not injurious, noxious or offensive to the neighborhood by reason of the emission of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, industrial waste (including the deposit in inland waters of silt, sand or stone, resulting from manu- facturing processes), noise or other cause, and for all uses as permitted in Section IV-A and Section IV-B hereof. 2. Trailer camps shall not be permitted. 68 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF V INTENSITY REGULATIONS A. Residential District 1. Area Regulations A building may be erected only upon a lot having 150 feet or more frontage and containing 20,000 or more square feet, except that on an irregular shaped lot, having less than 150 foot frontage, but containing the requisite area and having 150 feet frontage at the 30 foot set back line, a building may be erected thereon provided the set back and sideline distances are maintained. A building and its building of accessory use may be erected on any lot which, at the time this by-law is adopted, is in ownership of record. 2. Setback No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 30 feet to the sideline of the street, except that where two or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line less than permitted above, the Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in conformity with the line so established. 3. Side and Rear Lines No building shall be erected nearer than 10 feet to a lot line without permission of the Board of Appeals. B. Business District 1. Area Regulations A structure erected for residential purposes in a business zone shall conform to the area, setback, side and rear line restrictions as set forth in Section V-A of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton. 2. Setback No building or other structure shall be erected nearer than 30 feet to the sideline of the street. Where two or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line less than that permitted above, the Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in conformity with the line so established. C. Industrial District 1. Area and Yard Regulations A structure erected for residential purposes in an industrial district shall conform to the area regulations, setback restrictions and side and rear line restrictions as set forth in Section V-A of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Acton. 2. Setback No building or other structure shall extend nearer than 30 feet to the sideline of the street. Where two or more adjacent buildings have established a setback line less than that permitted above, the Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected in conformity with the line so established. 3. Side and Rear Lines No building shall be erected nearer than 30 feet to a lot. side or rear line without permission of the Board of Appeals. THE TOWN OF ACTON 69 4. Parking Ar<?a A parking area off the public ways must be provided for all automobiles used by persons employed in or about the premises. 5. Off -Street Loading Facilities Off-Street Loading facilities must be provided and be of sufficient area to keep the public way clear. VI ADMINISTRATION A. Enforcement 1 . Enforcement This by-law shall be enforced by the Board of Selectmen in the manner provided for by the General Laws and the By-Laws of the Town. Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Board of Selectmen hereunder may appeal to the Board of Appeals. B. Board of Appeals 1. In accordance with Section 30 of Chapter -40 of the General Laws, a Board of Appeals consisting of three members shall be appointed by the Selectmen for terms of such length and so arranged that the terms of one member shall expire each year. Two associates shall be appointed in like manner. Such Board shall have all the powers set forth in said Section, together with the powers and authority set forth in these Protective Zoning By-Laws. 2. No member of the Board of Appeals shall act in any matter in which he is personally interested, in such event an associate shall act. C. Amendments 1. In accordance with the General Laws this by-law may be amended by a two-thirds vote of a Town Meeting. D. Effect of By-Law Nothing in this by-law shall be construed as repealing or modifying any existing Town by-law, rule, regulation or permit, but shall be in addition thereto. E. Validity 1. The invalidity of any section or provision of this by-law shall not invalidate any other section or provision thereof not manifestly inseparable therefrom. 2. These by-laws shall take effect upon compliance of the provisions of Section 32, Chapter 40 of the General Laws. Article 6 Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: Ethan Allen Drive 826.73 feet from Summer Street; Paul Revere Road 451.28 feet from Ethan Allen Drive; Betsy Ross Circle 447.99 feet from Paul Revere Road; including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plans. 70 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 7 Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: Beverly Road 1,173 feet from Main Street; including the takings or acceptance of easement for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plan. Article 8 Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, con- structed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: Duggan Road 620.31 feet from previously accepted Duggan Road; including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plan. Article 9 Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Suba vision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: Birch Ridge Road 312.18 feet from Massachusetts Avenue; Cherry Ridge Road 439.25 feet from Juniper Ridge Road; Juniper Ridge Road 1,509.08 feet from Massachusetts Avenue; including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plans. Article 10 Voted unanimously: To accept the following street, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to a plan on file with the Town Clerk: Spencer Road 1,163.62 feet from Prospect Street; including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plan. Article 11 Voted unanimously: To accept the following streets, or portions thereof, constructed under the requirements of the Subdivision Control Law and as laid out by the Board of Selectmen according to plans on file with the Town Clerk: Cherokee Road 683.88 feet from Nashoba Road; Oneida Road 242.06 feet from previously accepted Oneida Road; including the takings or acceptance of easements for drainage, or other purposes, where shown on said plan. Voted to Adjourn at 7:43 P. M. CHARLES M. MacRAE, Town Clerk. SECTION C Acton School Department Report and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Report.. 71 THE TOWN OF ACTON 71_ REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT AND ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ORGANIZATION Acton School Committee Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee, Chairman Term Expires 1962 Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman, Secretary Term Expires 1963 Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 Mr. Edwin Richter Term Expires 1964 Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 Acton-Boxborough Regional District School Committee Mr. Lloyd E. Williamson, Chairman Term Expires 1964 Dr. Joseph H. Hartshorn, Vice Chairman Term Expires 1962 Mrs. Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 Mr. Leonard E. Ceglowski Term Expires 1964 Mrs. Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 Mr. Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 Mr. Edwin Richter Term Expires 1964 Miss Margaret A. Shea Term Expires 1963 Mr. Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1962 Meetings of the Acton School Committees The Acton School Committee holds regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month and the Regional School Committee meets on the second and fourth Mondays. Both groups convene at the Acton- Boxborough Regional High School at 7:30 P. M. Tel. Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell 3-5737 3-7738 Director of Guidance, Miss Ruth R. Proctor 3-7738 School Physician, Paul P. Gates, M.D 3-5671 School Nurse, Mrs. Dorothy Olson 3-7738 72 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP Secretaries : Mrs. Priscilla Felt, Superintendent's Office \ 27723 Mrs. Dorothy Hansen, Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools 3-4982 Mrs. Molly Johnston, Health Office 3-7738 Mrs. Jane Lewis, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 Mrs. Mary Ott, Acton Elementary School 3-4181 Miss Clarke Reese, High School Principal's Office 3-7738 Mrs. Phyllis N. Sutherland, Guidance Department 3-7738 Attendance Officer, Mr. David W. Scribner 3-5221 Principals: Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools Mrs. Alice F. Hayes 3-4982 Acton Elementary School Mrs. Carolyn T. Douglas 3-4181 Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Mr. Raymond J. Grey 3-7738 Vice-Principal, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Mr. Arthur J. Hayes 3-7738 Director of Cafeterias, Mrs. Anne H. Rimbach 3-7977 Cafeteria Staffs: Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools: Mrs. Martha Lowden, Manager; Mrs. Edith Dale, Mrs. Dorothy Decker, Mrs. Laura Fullonton, Mrs. Martha Jeanson, Mrs. Constance McFarland. Acton Elementary School: Mrs. Helen Worrall, Manager; Mrs. Meridith Lambert, Mrs. Marguerite Shaw, Mrs. Frances Sindoris, Mrs. Mary Spinney, Mrs. Mary Tuttle. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Mrs. Meimi Fullonton, Manager; Mrs. Barbara Bentsen, Mrs. Anna D' Italia, Mrs. Louise Garceau, Mrs. Evelyn Hill, Mrs. Norma Newsham, Mrs. Christine Scrib- ner, Mrs. Katherine Teele. Custodians: Julia L. McCarthy-Marion L. Towne Schools: Mr. John Conquest, Mr. Peter Smoltees. Acton Elementary School: Mr. Robert Graham, Mr. Paul Richardson. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School: Mr. Emery Nelson, Head Custodian, All Schools; Mr. Richard Allen, Mr. Milan Fenjac, Mr. Timothy Hennessey, Mr. Russell Wolfe. THE TOWN OF ACTON 73 SCHOOL CALENDAR 1962-1963 Reopening of all schools, January 2, 1962 Winter Recess, February 19-23 Spring Recess, April 16 - 20 Memorial Day, May 30 Graduation, June 8 Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, June 15 Close of School, Grades 7-8, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School June 15 Close of School, Grades 9-10-11, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, June 18 (weather permitting) Summer Recess Teachers' Meeting, September 4 Reopening of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, September 5 Reopening of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, September 6 Columbus Day, October 12 Visiting Day (Teachers' Workshop), October 26 Thanksgiving Recess, Noon, November 21-22-23 Christmas Holidays, December 21, 1962 - January 1, 1963 Reopening of all Schools, January 2, 1963 Winter Recess, February 18-22 Spring Recess, April 15-19 Memorial Day, May 30 Close of Acton Public Schools, Grades 1 - 6, June 14 Close of Schools. Grades 7 - 8. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, June 14 Graduation, June 8 Close of School. Grades 9-10-11. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. June 14 NO SCHOOL SIGNAL 1-1-1-1 7:15 A. M. No School Acton Public Schools— Grades 1 - 6 2-2-2-2 7:00 A. M. No School All Schools All Day 74 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton: Herewith is presented my annual report as Superintendent of Schools for Acton and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. In this my eighth report as Superintendent of the Schools of Acton, I should like to discuss with you three important phases of our School System, namely, Housing (Classrooms), Teachers and Cost of Instruction. Years 1951- 1961 Percent of 1951 1961 Increase Increase I Acreage 30 63 33 110% II Population (School) .... 636 2,142 1,506 237% III Classrooms 23 66 43 187% IV Teachers 32 102 70 219% V Budget $119,170 $709,360 $590,190 495% VI State Reim- bursement .. $29,712.73 $93,935.14 $64,222.41 247.96% HOUSING As the year 1961 passes, the housing, or classroom situation, is stay- ing ahead of the enrollment. In the year 1961, a contract was signed by the Permanent Building Committee late in December to Construct and equip a four (4) room addition to the Julia L. McCarthy School. Originally when the McCarthy School was constructed in 1953 it had the necessary facilities for twelve (12) classrooms, but at that time only eight (8) rooms were built. So these four rooms merely bring the building up to capacity. These four rooms are to be ready for occupancy in September 1962 and will be utilized immediately as we will have twelve first grade classes housed in the McCarthy Primary School in the Fall of 1962. On the Regional level, a fifteen (15) room addition to the Junior and Senior Regional High School was ready in December of this year. The original Regional High School was constructed in 1955 and opened in 1957 with 625 as a student capacity. In this year (1961) we have an enrollment of 840 which means we have 215 pupils more than the school was built for. The fifteen room addition brings the student THE TOWN OF ACTON 75 capacity to 1,000, which could be reached on the opening of school in 1962. I bring then two points to the attention of the Citizens of Acton, as plans have to be made now to build additional classrooms to keep pace with our continued increases in enrollment. Both our hard working, conscientious School Committees (Local and Regional) have been formulating plans for additional classrooms. 1 . The Regional Committee has purchased land for a future Regional Junior High School. 2. The Local School Committee shall present to the voters at the Annual Town Meeting in March an article granting them per- mission to purchase land to build and equip an Elementary' School in the very near future. Since it takes almost two years before a school is ready for occupancy, the School Committee is acting now to stay ahead of various problems such as double sessions which are now confronting other communities. A school system may have sufficient classrooms to house the children in a community, but to put a well qualified teacher in each classroom is the most important responsibility of any Superintendent and School Com- mittee. I think all will agree that excellent teachers are the backbone of any school system. The Acton Public Schools and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School have been fortunate in hiring and retaining the very best of teachers for our children. The hiring of teachers is a continuous operation that starts in September and, we hope, ends in May. Experi- enced teachers are visited by the Superintendent and Principal, observing them in other school systems, and they in turn visit us to observe our facilities. We experience a very pleasant relationship with placement directors of the many colleges, not only in New England, but throughout the country. Some of the desirable features which interest the best teachers in coming to Acton are the size of class, location, salary, teaching facilities, reputation of the school system, type of faculty (age, equal balance between male and female teachers) and the fact that our faculty is representative of the very best of colleges. Although salary might not rank first with prospective teachers, it is important. The School Committee has established a salary schedule for Acton that is competitive with other fine school systems in this area. Presentl ythe State minimum salary for teaching is $4,000.00, with a Bill in the Legislature to increase it to $4,500.00. Acton's minimum is $4,200.00 with an A.B. or B.S. Degree and $4,500.00 for teachers having a Masters Degree. For the first time this year, Blue Cross and Blue shield Benefits have been paid equally by the Town and Region unde. Chapter 32B of the General Laws. 76 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF The salary schedule of surrounding towns in which Acton competes for teachers is as follows: A.B. or B.S. degree Minimum Maximum Acton $4,200 $6,700 Bedford 4,400 6,900 Burlington 4,200 7,000 Chelmsford 4,400 6,400 Concord 4,400 7,000 Lexington 4,600 7,350 Lincoln 4,300 8,400 Littleton 4,500 6,500 Sudbury 4,400 Merit Wayland 4,500 6,800 Weston 4,600 7,700 Conclusion I express my sincere appreciation to all the many people and town departments who have worked with me for the improvement of our schools. All the school family, the School Committees, the Principals, Supervisors, Teachers, Secretaries and the Custodians, have played an important role in our school progress. Let us continue to strive for improvement as no one in education can stand still. If school systems do not move forward, they will slide backward. As Acton continues to grow in size the quality of our education should more than keep pace. I know the Citizens of Acton desire and deserve the very best. To give you the best is the target upon which we have set our sights. WILLIAM L. O'CONNELL, Superintendent of Schools. THE TOWN OF ACTON 77 Proposed Budget for 1962 ACTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS January 1 - December 31, 1962 December 26, 1961 Salaries — Instructional Present Staff $298,944.00 Additional Needs — 9 teachers 18,000.00 Substitutes 5,000.00 Conference Attendance 300.00 Miscellaneous 1,000.00 Total Salaries — Instructional S323,244.00 Books and Supplies 23,632.00 Operation of Plants Custodians $17,850.00 Fuel 6,200.00 Supplies 3,000.00 Water 425.00 Gas 1,200.00 Electricity 6,000.00 Telephones 600.00 Miscellaneous 2,000.00 Total Operation of Plants 537,275.00 Maintenance of Plants Instructional Equipment $600.00 General Maintenance Equipment 2,500.00 Total Maintenance of Plants $3,100.00 Auxiliary Agencies Libraries $1,000.00 School Nurse 2,100.00 School Physician 400.00 Eye and Ear Testing 400.00 Health Supplies 100.00 Printing and Advertising 50.00 Transportation 30,000.00 Transportation — Field Trips 500.00 Miscellaneous 300.00 Total Auxiliary Agencies $34,850.00 78 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF General Control Administrative Salaries $8,900.00 Attendance Officer 50.00 Conference Attendance by Superintendent 150.00 Stationery, Postage, Supplies 250.00 School Committee 200.00 Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 School Census 150.00 Miscellaneous 400.00 Total General Control $10,150.00 Capital Outlay 2,960.00 Contingency Fund 1,000.00 SUMMARY Salaries — Instructional $323,244.00 Books and Supplies 23,632.00 Operation of Plants 37,275.00 Maintenance of Plants 3,100.00 Auxiliary Agencies 34,850.00 General Control 10,150.00 Capital Outlay 2,960.00 Contingency Fund 1,000.00 $436,211.00 SCHOOL FINANCES — 1961 School Finances 1961 Received — To the Credit of Schools State Aid for Transportation $25,210.00 State Aid for Public Schools 102,559.43 Federal Aid 13,684.98 Education of Handicapped 4,254.31 Tuition 1,350.15 Miscellaneous 59.00 $147,117.87 THE TOWN OF ACTON 79 Appropriated, March, 1961: Regional School District $286,386.29 Acton Public Schools 352,825.00 Total Appropriated $639,211.29 Expended from Appropriations: Regional School District $284,943.98 Acton Public Schools 348,714.71 Total Expended from Appropriations $633,658.69 Expended for Operation in 1961 High Elemental-) Total Instruction $220,301.46 $269,079-53 S489,380.99 Books and Supplies 17,449.26 13,339.49 30,788.75 Plant Operation 25,439.54 34,777.02 60,216.56 Plant Maintenance 1,458.26 4,503.53 5,961.79 Auxiliary Agencies 8,344.36 4,197.88 12,542.24 Transportation 24,244.63 24,400.00 48,644.63 General Control 9,952.16 9,062.50 19,014.66 Special Charges 4,968.94 4.968.94 Contingencies 166.42 470.92 637.34 $312,325.03 $359,830.87 $672,155.90 Gross cost per high school pupil (760) $410.95 Gross cost per elementary school pupil (1,283) $280.46 Gross cost per pupil (2,043) .... $329-00 Gross Cost of Operation (as above) $312,325.03 $359,830.87 $672,155.90 Less Federal, State, etc., monies applied to Maintenance in 1961 75,863.41 76,666.09 152,529.50 Net Cost of Operation $236,461.62 $283,164.78 $519,626.40 80 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Net cost per high school pupil (760) $311.13 Net cost per elementary school pupil (1,283) $220.70 Net cost per pupil (2,043) $254.34 1962 SCHOOL BUDGETS Total appropriation recommended by Acton School Committee $436,211.00 Net amount requested by Acton -Boxborough Regional District School Committee 364,764.66 $800,975.66 Estimate of School Aid and other state or federal reimbursement $158,891.14 Amount to be raised by local taxation for support of schools $642,084.52 THE TOWN OF AGON SH Major Achievements — 1961 — Acton Public Schools 1. Contract signed to construct and equip four (4) room addition to Julia L. McCarthy School. 2. Painting of exterior of Julia L. McCarthy and Marion Towne Schools. 3. Appointment of full time Art teacher. 4. Appointment of full time Physical Education teacher. 5. Continued study and revision of Elementary Curriculum started in September 1960. 6. Purchase of following equipment: (a) Vision testing machine (b) Drapes for McCarthy School Cafeteria (c) Cot for health room (d) Resetting of exterior doors (Julia L. McCarthy School) 7. Clerical assistance for Health (Nurse) Department. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 1. Complete construction and equipment of fifteen (15) room addition. 2. Appointment of Heads of Departments — Mathematics — English — Science. 3. French added to Grade 7 curriculum. 4. Latin IV added to High School curriculum. 5. Appointment of full time Art teacher. 6. Appointment of full time Physical Education teacher. 7. Mr. Ernest Mandeville recipient of Scholarship at Boston University under the National Defense Act. 8. In service course of study "Economic Education*' by Professor K. Sheldon of Boston University and Dr. Myron Spencer. Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Northeastern University. 9. Formation of Debating and Mathematics Teams for inter-scholastic competitions. 10. Renewal of Arthur D. Little Plan in the field of Chemistry. 82 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 83 GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT The goal of school guidance personnel has been stated by one author as follows: "Helping an individual to analyze himself, evaluate his environment, select an appropriate solution to problems, and make- realistic plans." One implication of this definition deserves emphasis, namely, that the individual student initiates and carries through the actions mentioned; the guidance counselor assists by showing his acceptance of and interest in the student and by providing him with information about himself, his environment, and the opportunities avail- able to him. The I960 report of the local Guidance Department contained a brief description of guidance activities in five broad areas — individual study, educational and vocational information, counseling, placement, and follow-up — as they had developed since initiation of the guidance program in 1952. As stated in that report, the activities do not change from year to year. They are continually being expanded in scope to keep pace with an ever-increasing school population, and points of emphasis shift somewhat each year depending upon the needs of the individual students as they progress through school, meeting certain pressures, making every-day decisions, and formulating plans for their futures. For the substance of the present report an effort has been made to pose some questions which parents or other members of the community might like to ask about the local guidance program and to give at least partial answers to them. They are as follows: 1. Who are the members of the Guidance Department? In addition to the Director of Guidance, there are currently three counselors — Morton Brenner (appointed September I960,) Miss Joan Capitell (appointed September 1955 and on sabbatical leave during 1961-62) and William Petkewich (appointed Septem- ber 1961) — and one part-time secretary, Mrs. Phyllis Sutherland (appointed September 1961). 2. How are students assigned to counselors? At present the assignment is basically according to grade level. Students are assigned by homerooms and each counselor works with both boys and girls. It is understood that in the case of particular preference a student may request a counselor other than the one to whom he has been assigned. 3. What is the student-counselor ratio? To date it has been possible to keep within the ratio of 400 students to one full-time counselor on the hieh school level, as 84 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF specified by the "State Plan" for schools to qualify for federal funds under the National Defense Education Act of 1958. The objective of the State Department of Education is a ratio of 300:1 and it is expected that with the return of Miss Capitell in September 1962 this objective can be met locally at least for one year. 4. How are interviews with students arranged? At least one interview per year with each student is initiated by the guidance counselor. In addition, the student makes an appoint- ment through the Guidance Department Secretary to see the counselor as the need arises. With few exceptions, interviews take place during the student's study period rather than class time. 5. How do parents arrange for interviews with guidance personnel? The counselors are always ready to try to answer parents' ques- tions. Furthermore, interviews are usually mutually beneficial because parents can provide counselors with information that is invaluable in helping individual students. Parents are urged not to wait for an interview to be initiated by the school. They may make appoint- ments whenever they wish by calling the Guidance Department Secretary. 6. What if special remedial or personal adjustment help is needed? Efforts are continually being made to evaluate local referral sources and, insofar as possible, the counselor will recommend specialized services when the need for them is indicated. 7. When is the Guidance Department "open for business? ' All members of the department are on duty between the hours of 7:45 and 3:15 during the school year and the offices are usually open until 4:30. At least one person is available during the summer between the hours of 8:00 and 4:00. 8. Do guidance services begin at grade 7? No. In the Acton schools, the guidance program for grades 1-6 has been outlined and initiated, but it is not full-fledged. The Director of Guidance is responsible for coordination of the activities. Principals and teachers cooperate and are aided by one part-time counselor, Morton Brenner, and one part-time consultant, Miss Mar} 7 Kearney of the Walden Clinic staff. It is felt that the key "counselors" in the primary and ele- mentary schools are the teachers themselves, for they enjoy a rela- tionship with their students that is unique. Having one group all day every day provides the opportunity for establishing a close THE TOWN OF ACTON 85 rapport and for fostering academic and social growth to an extent that is not possible at higher educational levels. The guidance person in the primary and elementary grades does not see every child on an individual basis as do the secondary school counselors, although he does counsel certain students referred to him by teachers. Much of his work is of a consultant nature as he confers with teachers and parents — interpreting behavior and dis- cussing possible ways to effect changes in attitude or environment. Prevention of academic, social, and emotional difficulties is his goal. 9. Do guidance personnel have any contact with groups? Yes. One counselor meets on a regularly scheduled basis with seventh grade students in a class called Orientation. Among the topics discussed are: Introduction to the High School, How to Study, Teacher-Pupil Relationships, Finding Out about Yourself, Different Kinds of Jobs, Your Future Educational Plans. In addition, counselors meet frequently with student groups at the upper grade levels and they arrange certain programs for parents each year. Typical subjects included are: high school plans of study, planning for further education, jobs for high school graduates, national testing programs, scholarship opportunities. 10. What is the guidance library and how does it operate? The guidance library "doubles" as a waiting area for students and parents who have interviews scheduled with counselors and as the office for the Guidance Department Secretary. However, as the name implies, it is a storehouse of reference books, monographs, school and college catalogues, and unbound pamphlets about careers. Students may use the library during study periods and they may "sign out" reference materials for a period of a week at a time. Catalogues not ordinarily kept on file are sent for immediately upon a student's request. 11. What is the placement record for the Class of 1961: Of the 87 members of the 1961 graduating class, 56 (64%) chose to further their education in colleges or specialized schools: 24 (28%) undertook full-time employment; and 7 (8%) entered the armed services. The distribution of those entering schools and colleges was as follows : Colleges and universities 24 Junior colleges 8 Business schools 9 Nursing schools 2 86 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Private preparatory schools 6 Technical and vocational schools 7 The increasing selectivity of school and college admissions was felt to some extent by the 1961 graduates and the majority felt it was unsafe to make single applications. In all, 124 applications, transcripts, and recommendations were filed; 82 acceptances were received; and 56 school or college choices were made. Schools and colleges which our graduates entered last September are listed below: Colleges and Universities — Clark University, Cornell University. Elmira College, Goddard College, Harvard College, Hillside College, Houghton College, Jackson College, Lowell Technological Institute, Massa- chusetts College of Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts, Miami University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, University of Paris, Pennsylvania State Univer- sity, Russell Sage College, Simmons College, Syracuse University, Univer- sity of Virginia. Junior Colleges — B. U. College of Basic Studies, Chamberlayne Jr. College, Endicott Jr. College, Lasell Jr. College, Vermont College, West- brook Jr. College. Business Schools — Burdett College, Chandler School for Women, Katharine Gibbs, Ward Schools. Nursing Schools — Melrose- Wakefield Hospital, Shepard-Gill School of Practical Nursing. Private Preparatory Schools — Brewster Academy, Admiral Farragut Academy, Manter Hall School, Millard Academy, Newman Preparatory School. Technical and Vocational Schools — Cambridge School of Radio-TV Broadcasting, Industrial Technical School, The Modern School of Fashion and Design, Oregon Technical Institute, Wilfred Academy. Among the entry occupations chosen by 1961 graduates were the following: Assembly Worker, Bank Clerk, Carpenter, Clerk-Typist, Dental Assistant, Heavy Equipment Operator, Laboratory Technician, Salesman, Secretary, Serviceman, Service Station Attendant. It is sincerely hoped that the questions and answers herein discussed are pertinent and that the functions of the local Guidance Department have been somewhat clarified, especially for people who are new to the com- munities of Acton and Boxborough. Respectfully submitted, RUTH R. PROCTOR, Director of Guidance. THE TOWN OF ACTON 87 MEMBERS OF THE ACTON FACULTY Superintendent of Schools, William L. O'Connell julia l. McCarthy - marion l. towne schools Name Alice Hayes Mary Abraham Elizabeth Fiorenza Mary Hallaren Louise Harzigian Nancy Hill Tina Mintz Sarah Poland Dorothy Sullivan Judith Walker Elizabeth Witter Martha Hyde Helen deCoste Dolores Dye Elizabeth Flint Judith Laurens Nancy Lyons Louise Moriarty Alice O'Hearn Joyce Powers Margaret Barrett Florence Betcher Jean Dawes Ellen Fisher Mildred Kelly Anne Lockwood Joan McFarland Florence Merriam Professional Training State College at Fitchburg State College at Lowell State College at Boston State College at Lowell State College at Lowell Middlebury College Jackson College State College at Lowell Wheelock College Lesley College Smith College State College at Lowell Lesley College University of Buffalo State College at Framingham Wheelock College Ohio University Emmanuel College State College at Lowell Lesley College State College at Lowell Gordon College Boston University Middlebury College- University of Pennsylvania Florence (S. C.) Teachers' College Wellesley College Wellesley College State College at Fitchburg Grade or Degree Position BS Principal BS I BS I BS I BS I BA I BS I BS I BS I BS I AB I BS I 11 BS 11 BS II BS II BS II AB II BS, M.Ed. II BS II BS III BR Ed. M.Ed. III AB III BA III BS III AB III AB III III Carolyn Douglas Sylvia Gorfinkle June Hadfield Madeleine Kingston Elizabeth McAleer Janice Morgan Jennie Richards Sally Shineman Marilyn Blom Dorothy Bonner Elizabeth Carr Rosemarv Cook ACTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL State College at Fitchburg Boston University Rhode Island College State College at Fitchburg Rhode Island College State College at Fitchburg State College at Lowell Middlebury College Colby College Middlebury Col I Smith College Trinity College BS Principal AB IV BS IV BS IV BS IV BS, M.Ed. IV BS IV AB IV AB V AB V AB V AB V 88 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Nancy Joslin Mount Holyoke College AB Boston University M.Ed. V Mary Zabierek College of New Rochelle AB V Katherine Bateman Mount Holyoke College BA Suffolk University MA VI Louise Ewing State College at Boston BS VI Mary McCarthy State College at Boston BS VI Robert Menzies Teachers' College, Aukland Certificate Aukland University, N. Z . M.Ed. VI James Palavras Boston University BA VI ^Barbara Parker Boston University BS, M.Ed. VI *Maurine Berry SPECIAL FIELDS Oklahoma City University BS Boston University M.Ed. Vocal Music Morton Brenner Boston University BS, MS Guidance George Doren Yale University BM, MM Instrumental Music Jeanne Haskell Anna Maria College BA Vocal Music Constantine Limberakis Boston University BM Director of Music Salvatore Lipomi State College at Lowell BS Opportunity Tufts College M.Ed. Class Katherine Matsen Smith College BA Librarian Dorothy Olson Simmons College BS Nurse Janet Polomis Rosemont College BA Speech Boston University MA Therapy Ruth Proctor Radcliffe College AB Director of Boston University M.Ed. Guidance Hannah Skahan Marymount College AB French Nathalie Vanderpool Abilene Christian College BS Physical Education Alice Viano University of New Hampshire BA Art ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL District Superintendent, William L. O'Connell Grade or Name Professional Training Degree Position Raymond Grey Tufts College AB, MS Principal Arthur Hayes University of Mississippi BA Stanford University MA Vice-Principal Ruth Proctor Radcliffe College AB Director of Boston University M.Ed. Guidance Stuart Adler Cornell University AB Boston University M.Ed. English Priscilla Allen Middlebury College AB English Charles Battit Boston University BA Science Jeanne Berard University of Connecticut BS Home Economics THE TOWN OF ACTON 89 Joseph Blanchette Suffolk University AB French Frank Blomberg Springfield College University of BS Social Studies Massachusetts M.Ed. Alice Bogomolny Barnard College AB Science and Mathematics Margaret Boornazian Burdett College Business Frances Boyle State College at BS Home Framingham Economics Daniel Boylen Boston University BS, M.Ed. Physical Education Morton Brenner Boston University BS, MS Guidance Mary Campbell Immaculata College AB Social Studies Maureen Cogan Smith College AB Social Studies Joan Capitell Boston University BS. M.Ed. Guidance James Dadoly American International College BA Science Harvard University M.Ed. Helen Detsch Boston University BS English George Doren Yale University BM, MM Instrumental Music Alan Foresman State College at Fitchburg BS, M.Ed. Social Studies Joanne Garduno Radcliffe College AB Librarian Edith Hatch State College at Fitchburg Reading Improvement Francis Holahan State College at Fitchburg BS Industrial Arts Peggy Holley David Lipscomb College BA Social Studies Boston University M.Ed. Mary Hubbard Boston University BS Art Linda Jordan Albion College BA English and University of Michigan MA Spanish Mary Keefe Emmanuel College AB Mathematics University of MS, Ed. Pennsylvania Mason King Massachusetts Institute of Technology BS Harvard University AMT Science Constantine Limberakis Boston University BM Director of Music -Ernest Mandeville University of Massachusetts BS Industrial State College at Fitchburg M.Ed. Arts Nathaniel Mann, III Hamilton College AB Mathematics Robert Morris Boston University BA. MA French Elizabeth Morriss Pembroke College AB Harvard University M.Ed. English Dorothy Olson Simmons College BS Nurse Glenn Pasanen Harvard University AB Social Studies University of California MA and English Jacqueline Phaneuf State College at Lowell University of BS New Hampshire MA French William Petkewich State College at Salem BS Boston University M.Ed. Guidance Francis Pratt Eastern Nazarene College BS Harvard University AMT Social Studies 90 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Isadore Stearns University of Maine BS Physical Education Ralph Stetson Northeastern University Industrial Arts James Sullivan Merrimack College BA Science Antoinette Tesoniero Middlebury College BA English Marklyn Trainor Rhode Island State College BS Mathematics Caroline Vattes Massachusetts College of Art BS Columbia University- MA Art Henry Wall State College at Salem BS Boston University M.Ed. Business Paul Walsh Boston University BS Science and Mathematics Nancy Werneth Pembroke College AB Latin Janet Whitney Simmons College BS English Raymond Wooster Eastern Nazarene College BS Mathematics *On leave of absence THE TOWN OF ACTON 91 REPORT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL The annual report of the Town of Acton for the year 1959 pre- sented in detail the Report of the Visiting Committee of the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In this report the committee of educators made many valuable recommendations, and it is our intention to review what has been accomplished as far as implementing their advice. Program of Studies (Section D) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1 . That a more explicit program of studies be provided which can be made available to the staff, parents and pupils. A program of studies is now printed annually and is available to all. 2. That special consideration be given to a study of the needs of the academically talented students and provide for such a program in the program of studies. An "Honors Program" for the academically talented is now in operation. This special program to meet the needs of these students starts in grade seven and is completed in grade twelve. 3. That a study be made of the offerings in the general course with a view to providing a program which would be practical and meaningful. At the present time this is our most pressing problem and we hope to arrive at a solution by June 1962 and, therefore, changes in the program would be effective in September 1962. Art (Section D-3) 1 . Improvement of source material of reference files and library. This has been taken care of with the cooperation of the school librarian. 2. Addition of storage area. This has been accomplished by the addition of a new art room. 3. The introduction of oil painting. Our students are now using oils by the time they are juniors and seniors. i. More emphasis on art appreciation, weaving and ceramics. We hope to have in operation by next September the possibility of a student electing five periods per week of art. Therefore, more time could be spent on art appreciation, ceramics and weaving. Business Education (Section D-4) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. The initiation of a plan for an office assignment course which will place business pupils in offices in the school. Students from our Secretarial Practice course are assigned by the teacher to the general office on a scheduled basis. These students meet visitors, answer the telephone. operate the telephone switchboard, type and use the school communica- tion system. The students are graded on this practical phase of this course. 92 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF English (Section D-5) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That the department head be given released school time for the purpose of supervising and coordinating. This has been accomplished as of September 1961. 2. That more instructional material be provided for specialized areas of instruction. We have provided many more reading books for each grade level and we are constantly adding to our library. We have also added a com- pulsory summer reading program and, in addition, we have had the school library open twice per week during the summer vacation. 3. That provisions be made for more dictionaries in English classrooms. Each year we are adding excellent dictionaries to all classrooms. Foreign Languages (Section D-6) The Visiting Committee Recommends : 1. That Latin be offered for at least three years. We now offer four years of Latin. 2. That the department have more readers available in French and Spanish. This has been taken care of as a result of National Defense Education Funds in addition to Regional High School Funds. 3. That more stress be put on conversational work in French and Spanish. All our teachers are fluent in these languages and our approach is now auraloral. We also are placing in use a new thirty-booth language labora- tory this year, and we also have French in grade seven. 4. That a Foreign Language Section be established in the library for adequate reference work. There is a section in the library established for this purpose. Health and Safety (Section D-7) The Visiting Committee Recommends : 1. That steps be taken to improve the mechanics of fire drill procedure. The visiting committee felt that the students were not moving out fast enough and that they were standing too close to the building outside. This has been explained to the teachers and students. We feel that this recommendation has been taken care of. Industrial Arts (Section D-9) The Visiting Committee Recommends : 1 . That a study be made of condition of floor of metals area. Committee was concerned over the fact that the hardwood floor would be ruined in this area, therefore, we installed heavy guage sheet metal in specific areas to take care of this situation. 2. That increased storage facilities should be provided. Metal racks, wood storage area and additional closets have been allocated to the department. THE TOWN OF ACTON 93 Mathematics (Section D-ll) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That a head of the mathematics department be appointed. A head of the department was appointed, effective September 1961. 2. That a study be made of the adequacy of instructional materials. This has been rectified by purchase of new texts, addition of new reference works, and we are at the present time working on a National Defense Education Project in mathematics WITH the funds which we hope department. 3. That the administration study the assignment of courses to teachers so that mathematics teachers would be teaching only in the mathematics area. This is a fact for our teachers are working in their major field of con- centration. Music (Section D-12) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That an immediate study be made of the need for an increase in the staff of the music department to assist the director of music in instrumental instruction in both the high school and elementary grades. The director of music now has two assistants and one teacher on a sabbatical. 2. That the services of the director of music be scheduled to the high school level, except for direct supervision of the elementary school music programs. This has been an accomplished fact since September 1961. Physical Education for Boys and Girls (Section D-13) The Visiting Committee Recommends : 1. That more emphasis be placed on skills and abilities having practical carry-over into adult physical recreational activities. Our physical educational program is now geared to include these carry-over activities such as volleyball, archery, tennis and badminton. 2. That consideration be given to the assignment of the instructors to the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on a full-time basis. The instructors are now on a full-time basis. 3. That foot baths and additional locker or basket facilities be provided. The recommendation was accepted and has now been implemented by the purchase of foot baths and additional baskets. Science (Section D-15) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That a greater number of pupils be encouraged to participate in the Science Fair. The Science teachers and the administration are constantly working on this problem, and we hope to achieve success this year. 94 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP 2. That provision be made for continued purchase of special equipment and supplies. This has been achieved by the following: a) Increase in budget b) National Defense Education Acts Funds We are of the opinion that we now lack little in supplies and equipment. 3. The appointment of a department head. A department head was appointed for September 1961. 4. That all science classes be scheduled in or near science rooms. All classes are now scheduled in or near science rooms. Social Studies (Section D-16) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. An expansion of the audio-visual aids, maps, and charts. Maps, charts, globes have been added to this department. 2. The investigation into the feasibility of establishing for outstanding students in the senior year, a seminar in the field of American history. A seminar in international relations has been established for outstanding seniors. Pupil Activity Program (Section E) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. Consideration of the possibility of increasing the scope of the Student Council to include enforcement of school policies and regulations. The Student Council, due to its excellent officers and adviser. Mr. Arthur Hayes, has made tremendous progress for this school. They are now in complete charge of class elections, school assembly pro- grams and, as a unit, make recommendations to the high school administration. 2. Study of content, frequence of issuance, and format of papers or other Regional School papers for the purpose of raising the standards of "The Colonial Crier." This has been done and we now publish an excellent school newspaper. This is due to initiative oi the staff and their adviser. Miss Nancy Werneth. Library Service (Section F) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That the audio-visual aids be under the supervision of a person other than the librarian. The Regional High School Librarian is no longer in charge of audio- visual aids. 2. That the library is not to be used as a study hall. The library is no longer used for classes or for a study hall. THE TOWN OF ACTON 95 Guidance Services (Section G) The Visiting Committee Recommends : 1. That consideration be given to provide more clerical assistance for the guidance department. The guidance department now has a part-time secretary. 2. That consideration be given to the inclusion of a male counselor in the guidance program. The guidance department has one full-time male counselor and one- part-time male counselor. School Plant (Section H) The Visiting Committee Recommends: 1. That provision be made for controlling glare on west wall of gymnasium. The windows facing west in the gymnasium have been painted and the glare has been reduced. 2. That provision be made for ventilation of faculty dining room. Windows which open and screens have been provided for this area. 3. That graphboards be installed in mathematics classrooms. Graphboards have been purchased and installed. 4. That two cots be available in the clinic. An additional cot has been provided. 5. That a study be made relative to the need of a "late" bus. A study was initiated and, as a result, we have a "late" bus. 6. That a hand rail be provided on the stairs leading to parking areas. A hand rail has been installed on these stairs. School Staff and Administration (Section I) The Visit nig Committee Recommends : 1. The establishment of the position of full-time vice-principal. This has been partially fulfilled. Mr. Hayes teaches two classes and spends the remainder of his time as vice-principal. 2. That department heads be appointed in various areas of the curriculum. We now have three department heads and other departments will be taken care of in the immediate future. J. That the School Committee proceed to complete drawing up and codifying its policies. The School Committee has drawn up and codified its policies. i. That consideration be given to the need for more stability of teachers with emphasis on future appointments, of teachers with greater maturity mu\ experience. This was an excellent recommendation and we have been abL- to appoint teachers with greater maturity and experience with our salary schedule. 5. That consideration be given to the need for more clerical assistance in the areas of guidance, administration and in general service to the staff. Since our evaluation in 1 9^9 additional clerical help has been added to the school. 96 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF In our opinion we have taken care of 80 per cent of the Visiting Committee's recommendations, and we have until 1965 to handle the remainder. I should like to express my gratitude to the School Committee, Mr. O'Connell, the faculty, office staff, custodians and to the students for their cooperation. Respectfully submitted, RAYMOND J. GREY, Principal. REPORT OF THE SCHOOL PHYSICIAN December 31, 1961 Mr. William O'Connell Superintendent of Schools Acton, Massachusetts Dear Mr. O'Connell: The annual physical examinations were completed in November Special examinations for those participating in competitive athletics were conducted at the beginning of the school year. Parents were notified of all medical, dental, and orthopedic problems as encountered. In conjunction with the Board of Health, Schick Tests were given to the children in the lower grades. Also in December children whose parents granted permission, were given Tuberculin Tests. I wish to thank you, the townspeople, teachers, school and town nurses for their cooperation and assistance. Respectfully submitted, PAUL P. GATES, M.D. THE TOWN OF ACTON 97 REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE from September to December 1961, inclusive Physical examinations by Doctor Paul P. Gates, school physician, began on September 11 and included Junior and Senior High competitive sports candidates, all students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and students who have not had a physical examination within the past three years. A total of 885 physical examinations, an increase of 40 physicals over I960, was completed on November 21. Referrals were sent to parents on medical, orthopedic and dental defects. Under the direction of Mrs. Janet Polomis, the speech therapy program began in September with an enrollment of 102 students of the Primary, Elementary and Junior High Schools. Vision and hearing testing began on October 9th and has been completed except for new students and absentees, enrollment being 2,142 students as of December 1, 1961. VISION: 2,148 students tested 321 students retested Primary School Elementary School Regional School I 7 77 Am \T S~ 26 126 169 HtAKING: 2,110 students tested 140 students retested Primary School Elementary School Regional School 96 29 15 In most cases parents were notified of the hearing test failure by tele- phone as well as mail. Parents were notified of vision test failures by mail. Mantaux testing for Tuberculosis, which was done on November 8, 15 and 29, included 652 students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 11; 6 student cafeteria workers and 9 school personnel. To help carry out the Tuberculosis program it has been arranged for the State X-ray unit to come to Acton on March 27th and 29th. At this time, all school personnel shall be X-rayed. Daily nursing visits to each of the three schools covered sickness, communicable disease check and accidents. During this four month period, 26 of the student accidents were covered by school insurance: 98 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Regional High School 24 Elementary 2 The Future Nurses Club, with a membership of seventeen girls of the Senior High School, has continued and its members have assisted with assembling students for vision and hearing testing. The program of prophylaxis and treatment could not have been carried out successfully without the whole hearted cooperation, which was received from Mr. O'Connell, the Principals and all other school personnel, Doctor Gates, Mrs. Hale, R.N., Mrs. McNiff, Mrs. Larsen and the parents and students. Their interest and assistance in the school health program is most sincerely appreciated. Respectfully submitted, DOROTHY J. OLSON, R.N., School Nurse. THE TOWN OF ACTON 99 -O O •*- o O < Z o cc H s IU Q < o < IU < rt fN On 00 NO O fN r • T m rr. ^ IrN VO fN rr. r- 00 fN fN ON On >^ 00 r~* no r- T 0C On rr. O cn fN fN OC H ri or, fN - "o c ~ 00 C IU E G rr. r- u co O _c r» W m ^r ir. vo NO ox £ NO _, no no xr oo __ >/-\ " \r^ i-H c o 00 \T\ T-l i-H fTN IA O ^ '5: ^r cn on fN V "T -rr CN CO u~\ no m _| 1-1 o ^r h- en rH rH \r^ r^ fTl ,-1 rr, r- <N m 00 (N ^r r-- ** '"*' t-H rr, NO l-H H 00 H fN NO CC ^ fN r-< fN sc o NO 00 fTv r^ "* N tft N CC' ON fN r- fN — (N -«r m fN 00 *- ' NO rs r-» cn *~ fN CN r- CM oc fN NO fN ri NO fN fN c fN ^r ^r (N i^ NO rr-. NO rr cn VO ON rfN NO ON ON XT CN I'- ve VM o "* CN _) NO NO o </5 ON CN o NO o NO u &0 C ON CN w ■JJ NO CN (O ctf U NO fN A a, w ON r*- NO ON fN fN D c 2 , "o IU o CO U = E > > > C a a > > Sxxx o c 100 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF GRADUATION EXERCISES June 9. 1961 Salutatorian Valedictorian Scholarship Awards: Blanchard Memorial Scholarships Arlene Caless Allan Prowten Priscilla Robinson Acton High School Scholarship Fund Bruce Bottomley Arthur Sindoris West Acton Woman's Club Scholarship Mary McNiff Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship Caroline Brown Acton Parent-Teacher's Association Scholarship John Mulvey Maynard Rotary Club Scholarship Joan Tuttle Acton Firemen's Association Scholarship Muriel Brown Charles Oliver Acton Lions Club Scholarship William Bartlett Julia Tinker Acton Teachers' Association Scholarship Judith Hartwell John A. Donelan Scholarship Donna Cunningham Acton Garden Club Scholarship Peter Woolston Arthur Richard Sindoris Bruce Bland Bottomley Katharine Gibbs Pennsylvania University University of Massachusetts Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Westbrook Junior College Russell Sage College Clark University Ward School Lowell Technical Institute Harvard University Syracuse University Simmons College Elmira College Chamberlayne Junior College Cornell University Edwards-Quimby Post 284, American Legian Medals Nancy Lortz Vermont College Arthur Sindoris Massachusetts Institute of Technology Other Awards: Harvard Club in Concord Book Prize Donald Lee Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute Medal Bruce Bottomley THE TOWN OF ACTON 101 Bausch and Lomb Medal Arthur Sindoris Outstanding Seniorof the Class of 1961 Bruce Bottomley Daughters of the American Revolution Award Judith Hartwell Award for Mathematics Bruce Bottomley National Honor Society Members: Seniors: William Bartlett, Bruce Bottomley, Muriel Brown, Donna Cunningham, Mary Anne Ey, Jane Gregoritch, Judith Hartwell, Linda Morrison, Charles Oliver, Allan Prowten, Arthur Sindoris Juniors: Barbara Beddoe, Richard Critchfield, Anita Davis, Judith Dill, Martha Ferry, Linda Gibbs, Margaret Hale, Joan Hansen, David Lee, Donald Lee, Claire Lyons, Richard Nylander, Nancy Peck. Janet Putnam, Carol Schene, Carolyn Stanley CLASS OF 1961 David Frederick Abbt Robert Thomas Albright Ethelinda Irene Allen Robert Warren Andersen Maureen Ashline William Ernest Bartlett Stephen Edward Bean Donald Ward Benham Frederick Charles Benham Bruce Bland Bottomley Maida Alma Broadbent Caroline Sherwood Brown Edmond Burr Brown, Jr. Muriel Joyce Brown Lynne Marie Butcher Arlene Michelle Caless Henry Adams Campbell Theodore Henry Cook, III Sharon Ann Critchfield Donna Merle Cunningham Elizabeth Roberts Custance Charles Edward Derby Rita Suzanne Dillon Virginia Ann Dunlap Mary Anne Ey Vivian Edna Flagg Gerald Steven Flannery Richard Dennis Freeman Karen Evelyn Granberg Jane Anne Gregoritch Burlyn Ross Gubser. Jr. Wayne Morris Hampson John Edward Hartshorn Judith Ann Hartwell Russell Ernest Hayward Frederick Theodore Heyliger, Jr. Pamela Louise Hill Linda Christine Hope Edward Henry Howard, Jr. Raymond Joseph Landry Bruce Leslie Larsen Barry Charles Lazaro Nancy Ellen Lortz Barbara Jean MacDonaKl Janet Evelyn MacLean Roger Douglass MacPhee Carolyn Ruggles MacRae Charles Edward Manion David Burr McElvein Alan Crosby McKelvie Mar>' Elizabeth McNiff Paula Jane McPherson David James Meader Diana Coral Moore Linda Ann Morrison Phyllis Ann Muise John Gavin Mulvey Robert Allan Nordberg Janice Elaine Notargiacomo Charles Guy Oliver Gary William Osborne Edward Passerello 102 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Geraldine Perry Allan Wainwright Prow ten Arlene Louise Rein Michael Edward Rioux Priscilla Ann Robinson Carolyn Roche Peter Edward Ryan Evelyn Sawyer Donna Ann Semple Arthur Richard Sindoris Perry Cunningham Smith, Jr. Kathleen Mary Spinney Peter Greene Carolyn Louise Steele Bruce William Steeves Nancy Kathryn Strate James Albert Strum Julia Tinker John Henry Tolman Carol Ann Torkelsen Joan Elizabeth Tuttle Joyce Ellen Wilkes Harriet Ann Wilson Martha Wilson Virginia Compton Woodhead Woolston THE TOWN OF ACTON 103 ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Proposed Budget for 1962 January 1 - December 31, 1962 General Control School Committee Expenses $400.00 Administrative Salaries 9,900.00 Supervisor of Attendance 50.00 Stationery, Postage, Supplies 400.00 Conference Attendance by Superintendent 150.00 School Census 150.00 Magazines, Books, Dues 50.00 Bonding Treasurer 300.00 State Audit 150.00 Miscellaneous 400.00 TOTAL GENERAL CONTROL $11,950.00 Expenses of Instruction Present Staff $279,911.00 Additional Needs — 3 teachers 6,000.00 Substitutes 3,000.00 Conference Attendance 300.00 Miscellaneous 1,000.00 TOTAL SALARIES $290,211.00 Textbooks Art S100.00 Business 326.00 English 1,500.00 Guidance 100.00 Home Economics 125.00 Industrial Arts 100.00 Languages 800.00 Mathematics 635.00 Music 215.00 Orientation 60.00 Physical Education 75.00 Remedial Reading 150.00 Science 653.00 Social Studies 670.00 Miscellaneous 1.500.00 TOTAL TEXTBOOKS S7.009.00 Instruction Supplies (Specific) Art Si, 300.00 Audio-Visual Aids ' 200.00 Business 150.00 104 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF English 100.00 Guidance 890.00 Home Economics 1,600.00 Industrial Arts 1,400.00 Music 1,063.00 Physical Education 500.00 Science 800.00 Total Supplies (Specific) $8,003-00 Instructional Supplies (General) 3,500.00 TOTAL EXPENSES OF INSTRUCTION $308,723.00 Operation of Plant Custodians $15,000.00 Fuel 8,000.00 Gas 600.00 Light 6,500.00 Plowing 1,000.00 Supplies 3,500.00 Telephone 1,500.00 Water 300.00 Miscellaneous 1,000.00 TOTAL OPERATION OF PLANT $37,400.00 Maintenance of Plant Instructional Equipment $910.00 General Maintenance Equipment 1,240.00 Miscellaneous 300.00 TOTAL MAINTENANCE OF PLANT $2,450.00 Auxiliary Agencies Transportation — Field Trips $300.00 School Physician 400.00 School Nurse 2,100.00 Health Supplies 150.00 Library 3,000.00 Graduation 400.00 Printing and Advertising 30.00 Middlesex County Retirement System Assessment 1,500.00 Insurance 3,500.00 Blue Cross -Blue Shield 5,000.00 Miscellaneous 300.00 TOTAL AUXILIARY AGENCIES $16,680.00 Outlay Music — Instruments and Equipment $1,040.00 Chemistry Table 750.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 105 Tote Trays 50.00 Miscellaneous 400.00 TOTAL OUTLAY $2,240.00 Cost of Transportation 36,000.00 Special Charges (70% Blanchard Auditorium 1961 Operating Expense) $5,880.00 Miscellaneous... $5,400.00 RECAPITULATION General Control $11,950.00 Expenses of Instruction 308,723.00 Operation of Plant 37,400.00 Maintenance of Plant 2,450.00 Auxiliary Agencies 16,680.00 Outlay 2,240.00 Cost of Transportation 36,000.00 Special Charges 5,880.00 Miscellaneous 400.00 Total Maintenance and Operation $421,723.00 Capital Cost, Debt Service 150,745.00 Non-Classified, School Athletic Fund 3,243.00 GRAND TOTAL $575,711.00 Gross Operating Budget $421,723.00 Less (1) Balance of 1961 Operating Budget $1,600.79 (2) 1960-61 Transportation Reimburse- ment 21,150.00 $22,750.79 $398,972.21 Debt Service Interest 40,745.00 Maturing Debt $1 10. 000. 00 Less: State Aid 65,400.00 % I t. 600. 00 Non-Classified School Athletic Fund 3,243-00 $487,560.21 106 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF APPORTIONMENT OF THE CHARGES TO BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE TOWNS OF ACTON AND BOXBOROUGH YEAR 1962 Acton ♦Operating Expenses, 91.2% of $388,722. 21**$354,5l4. 66 Cost of Transportation 26,000.00 Less Reimbursement (60-61) 15,750.00 10,250.00 Debt Service, 95% of $85,345.00 81,077.75 Non-Classified, 91.2% of $3,243.00 2,957.62 $448,800.03 Boxborough 'Operating Expenses, 8.8% of $388,722.21** $34,207.55 Cost of Transportation 5,400.00 Less Reimbursement (60-61) 5,400.00 0.00 Debt Service, 5% of $85,345.00 4,267.25 Non-Classified, 8.8% of $3,243.00 285.38 $38,760.18 $487,560.21 Acton Student Enrollment 10/1/61 760 Boxborough Student Enrollment 10/1/61 .... 73 833 ; *Gross Operating Budget ($421,723.00) less $1,600.79$420,122.21 Less Combined Acton and Boxborough Cost of Transportation (contract amounts) 31,400.00 $388,722.21 THE TOWN OF ACTON 107 ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Treasurer's Report December 31, 1961 Balance, December 31, I960 $189,212.01 Receipts, 1961: Town of Acton $367,463.24 Town of Boxborough 35,122.10 Construction Loan: Principal 300,000.00 Premium 900.00 Accrued Interest 387.50 State Aid for Construction 180,094.14 Federal Aid 32,496.77 Transportation Reimbursement 21,150.00 Tuition 92.50 U. S. Treasury Bills 2,993.00 School Lunch 40,148.61 School Athletics 1,147.82 Federal Taxes 40,081.95 State Taxes 3,602.85 Teachers' Retirement 11,876.89 County Retirement 1,499.15 Teachers' Insurance 657.68 Blue Cross - Blue Shield 3,487.95 Miscellaneous 690.70 Total Receipts $1,043,892. 85 Total $1,233,104.86 108 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF ACTON-BOXBOROUGH REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Treasurer's Report December 31, 1961 Disbursements, 1961: Maintenance and Operation: General Control $11,045.68 Expenses of Instruction 260,090.69 Operation of Plant 28,234.78 Maintenance 1,618.50 Auxiliary Agencies 9,261.22 Outlay 1,584.63 Transportation 28,900.00 Special Charges 5,514.92 Miscellaneous 184.71 School Lunch 38,471.51 School Athletics 4,713.32 Federal Taxes 40,081.95 State Taxes 3,564.84 Teachers' Retirement 11,876.89 County Retirement 1,499.15 Teachers' Insurance 657.68 Blue Cross-Blue Shield 3,487.95 Land Acquisition 5,657.63 Federal Aid 14,577.56 School Construction 379,938.48 Payment on Principal 105,000.00 Interest on Bonds 42,235.00 Cost of Bond -Issue 962.76 Total Disbursements $999,159.85 Balance, December 31, 1961 233,945.01 $1,233,104.86 PRISCILLA FELT, Treasurer. SECTION D Archives Committee 109 Board of Appeals 110 Building Committee 110 Building Inspector Ill Cemetery Commissioners 112 Conservation Commission 114 Civil Defense Agency 113 Dog Officer 115 Elizabeth White Fund 115 Engineering Department 116 Fire Department 117 Goodnow Fund 119 Health 120 Industrial Development Commission 125 Inspector of Animals 126 Inspector of Wires 1 27 Insurance Committee 1 27 Library 128 Moth Superintendent 130 Personnel Board 130 Planning Board 131 Police Department 133 Recreation Commission 137 Sealer of Weights and Measures 139 Street Light Committee 139 Superintendent of Streets 140 Town Forest Committee 141 Tree Warden 142 Veterans' Services 142 Welfare 143 Workmen's Compensation Agent 144 THE TOWN OF ACTON 109 ARCHIVES COMMITTEE Report of 1961 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : The Archives Committee of the Town of Acton submits herewith its report for the year 1961. The Committee has met several times during the year and, at the request of several Town Boards, has assisted in locating needed informa- tion. Three volumes of documents have been rebound, annual reports of 1874-1901, 1920-1926, and an index of Births, Marriages and Deaths. The Committee deeply regrets that during the year it lost one of its members, Warren Custance. He took a great deal of interest in historical facts about Acton, and was a founder and first President of the Acton Historical Society. The Committee hopes to carry on during the coming year his research on the Davis Guards. On behalf of the town as well as the Committee we wish to express our appreciation to Mr. Clinton S. Curtis, who replated the historic communion set and goblets owned by the Town of Acton, and to Mrs. Albert W. Wunderly, who contributed velvet protective coverings for these articles. The set has been placed in the Harvard Trust Company vault for safekeeping. The Committee is pleased that the vault at the South Acton Fire Station has been completed and is available for storage of valuable records. It is planned to transfer many of the inactive documents and papers from the Town Hall vault to South Acton, thereby opening up space in the Town Hall for current material. It is planned to microfilm data from 1955 through I960 during the coming year, bringing the microfilmed material up to date. Lamination or various old plans, drawings and documents is also anticipated. Respectfully submitted, FREDERICK S. KENNEDY WARREN W. CUSTANCE* JOYCE H. WOODHEAD 2]0 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF REPORT OF THE BOARD OF APPEALS To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : The Acton Board of Appeals held twelve (12) public hearings during the year 1961 on the following matters: A. Permits for earth removal. Granted — ; Denied — 1 B. Permits for specific uses and exceptions. Granted — 3 ; Denied — 1 C. Variances from the requirements of the Protective Zoning By-Law. Granted — 3 ; Denied — 3 ; Withdrawn — 1 Respectfully submitted, CRAIG E. LUNDBERG, WILLIAM C. SAWYER, HAYWARD S. HOUGHTON, Board of Appeals. TOWN BUILDING COMMITTEE January 2, 1962 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : In the year 1961, the Acton Building Committee completed the South Acton Fire Station; completed the incinerator building at the Elementary School; engaged the Architects Collaborative as architects for the addition to the Julia McCarthy School, advertised for bids, submitted an article for the Special Town Meeting of December 18, 1961, which was approved, and signed the General Contract for the addition with Alexander Associates, Inc. The total cost of this four room addition is estimated to be $125,000. On December 3, 1961, an Open House was held at the South Acton Fire Station, which was well attended by Townspeople and invited guests. The final cost of the Elementary School was $810,025.13. The Building Committee, at the request of the Selectmen, made specific recommendations to the Selectmen for purchase of land for a THE TOWN OF ACTON 111 new Police Station and/or school expansion or use by the Highway Department. LLOYD W. PRIEST, Chairman KENNETH E. JEWELL *ROBERT B. LORTZ ARNOLD H. MERCIER WARREN W. WHEELER tMRS. DONNELL W. BOARDMAN iH. STUART MacGREGOR * Term expired October, 1961 t Representing School Committee i Representing Fire Department REPORT OF BUILDING INSPECTOR To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Town of Acton Gentlemen : I herewith respectfully submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1961. Permits Issued Xumber of Areas Permits Estimated Cost Business 4 5133,400.00 Apartments 1 30,000.00 Industrial 9 115,000.00 Apartments 2 40,000.00 Club House 1 15,000.00 Residential 138 2,475,524.00 Religious 2 473,000.00 Municipal 3 445,500.00 Recreational 1 19,000.00 Additions 71 133,000.00 Total 232 $3,879,424.00 Expenses Wages and Travel % 1.099.00 Supplies 40.00 Total Si. 139.00 VI2 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Receipts Fees for Permits $5,439.50 All receipts were turned over to the Town Treasurer. Respectfully submitted, ALBERT E. FOSTER, Building Inspector REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: We hereby submit the following report for the year ending Decem- ber 31, 1961. The Cemetery Department has received and paid into the treasury the sum of $3,888.60 which can be found itemized in the Treasurer's report. In the Town Collector's report will be found the sum of $500.00 collected for the annual care of lots, which is credited to this department receipts. This past summer the Chapel walls, woodwork, cathedral ceiling, stained glass windows were washed and all woodwork waxed. This work was necessitated by the smoke damage as reported in our last report. Also, there have been extensive repairs made to the outside of the Chapel and improvements to the grounds, the total cost of all this work has been paid for by the Trustee's of the Varnum Tuttle Fund, thereby saving the town the sum of $1,446.73. It was necessary to remove the large circular stained glass window in the Chapel, as it had started to buckle and it would have soon cracked. It is being repaired by an experienced stain glass concern and will be replaced in the spring. The cost of this work is also being taken care of by the Varnum Tuttle Fund. The records show that during the year 1961 there were 61 inter- ments made in the Acton cemeteries. This is an increase of 33.3% over I960, and it is anticipated that as the town grows so will the number of interments increase each year. Therefore, the Board finds it will be necessary to extend a new area in Woodlawn Cemetery for more ceme- tery lots and we have inserted an article in the annual town meeting warrant to appropriate from the Cemetery Land Fund, the sum of $ 2, 000. 00 to help prepare a new section for future lots. The Board has inserted an article, asking for an appropriation for the purpose of purchasing a truck for this department. We feel that it THE TOWN OF ACTON 1_13 is better for the department to own their own truck than to rent one. We have, also, an article asking for the sum of $350.00 to purchase cement grave liners for the use of the department, this money will return to the town when the liners are sold. Early in the spring we had a section of the Veterans lot in Wood- lawn Cemetery, graded, seeded and landscaped with shrubs. In the fall several beds of flowering shrubs and trees were set out in various sections of the cemeteries. Some of the projects planned for the coming year, are as follows: — to relay a semi-circular wall around the Capt. Robbins monument on Concord Road, a retaining wall to take care of a high earth bank in the upper part of the cemetery, to straighten many of the stones in the revo- lutionary section of Woodlawn Cemetery. Also, to remove a great man) high corner posts in both cemeteries to help cut down maintenance cost of trimming around them. In closing, the Board wishes to thank the Clerical Staff at the Town Hall for their assistance and co-operation, and to thank the Police Department for relaying messages from funeral directors to the superin- tendent as this department has no telephone in its office. Respectfully submitted, HARLAN E. TUTTLE, HARRY E. HOLT, HOWARD F. JONES, Cemetery Commissioners. REPORT OF CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : During the past year, two Civil Defense lectures were sponsored by the Acton Civil Defense Agency at the invitation of social groups within the town. Approximately 260 pieces of official Civil Defense Publications were hand distributed or mailed. Forty-six (46) phone inquiries were replied to by mail or telephone. Under the surplus property provisions of the Civil Defense Act. Acton received approximately $624.00 worth of surplus federal property apportioned as follows: 114 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF $40.00 Acton Civil Defense Agency 72.00 Boy Scouts 512.00 Acton Youth Center S624.00 The expense to the Town for this material was $78.10. Communications equipment was purchased for use at the Civil Defense Headquarters in the amount of S 39 5. 00 as authorized by the Annual Town Meeting and was usefully employed in Civil Defense exercises during the past year. Natural and Nuclear Bomb Disaster Plans were discussed with the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Committee on November 27th of this year and further planning is expected to continue during the coming year. Respectfully submitted. john f. Mclaughlin, Director, Acton Civil Dejense Agenc . REPORT OF THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION The first annual report of the Conservation Commission is herewith submitted. During the year the commission met regularly, on the first Thursday of the month, at the office of the Town Engineer. Several projects relating to the town's natural resources were discussed through- out the year with activity started on the following: Three meetings were held jointly with the Littleton Conservation Commission, resulting in the submission of a bill in the 1962 legislative session to clarify public access to Fort Pond in the Town of Littleton. County 7 Commissioners, directed by the legislative Acts of 1952 to lay out a right of way to Fort Pond, in the Town of Littleton, requested an amendment to allow the access site to be located in the Town of Littleton and Acton. The commission started work on a land classification map for the Town, with particular emphasis placed on the wetlands. The quantity and quality of the wetlands will be considered, along with their vulnerability for destruction due to agricultural drainage, filling for industry, housing, etc. It is hoped that this information will be of value to the Town in its land-use planning. Another activity considered by the commission, was the establish- ment of a Private Land Trust in town. A well attended public meeting THE TOWN OF ACTON 115 was held to discuss the land trust, with Mr. Thomas Flint, president of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, serving as a speaker. Three members of the commission attended the State Association meeting held in Cambridge last spring. The chairman served on a panel at the State Association meeting, also presented a paper at an association sponsored workshop held in Essex County. At the request of members serving in the conservation commission and other town boards, an article was entered in the Special Town Meet- ing in December increasing the membership of the commission from five to seven, with all members appointed at large. This was done in fairness to the members from the Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, and Recreation Commission, who presently spend much time on other town activities. The town voted to approve the article. It is the hope of the commission that our conservation activities will prove invaluable to the town during this period of rapid growth. Respectfully submitted, FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER DAVID P. TINKER CHARLES D. MacPHERSON ROBERT J. ELLIS JAMES M. SHEPARD. Chairman REPORT OF DOG OFFICER To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1961. Calls and complaints investigated 38 Dogs picked up 38 Dogs returned to owners 30 Dogs disposed of 8 Notices to owners of unlicensed dogs 210 483 Respectful h submitted, CARL \V. FLINT. Dog Officer. 116 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE ELIZABETH WHITE FUND For the Year Ending December 31, 1961 The Trustees of this fund have signed orders to the Town Treasurer totaling $825.00 (Eight hundred and twenty-five dollars). Respectfully submitted, HAZEL P. VOSE, ELEANOR P. WILSON, HELEN B. WOOD, Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund. REPORT OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : I hereby respectfully submit my report for the year ending Decem- ber 31, 1%1. During that time, the following work was done by the Engineering Department : 1. Inspecting road and drainage construction in all active subdivisions. 2. Laying out and describing streets in connection with road acceptance proceedings. 5. Checking tentative and definitive plans for new subdivisions. 4. Giving grades and lines for drainage installations to the Highway Department. 5. Gathering and filing of copies of deeds from the Registry of Deeds at the first step in the preparation of an Assessor's Map, as author- ized by Town Vote in Article 23 at the 1961 Annual Town Meeting. 6. Designing sidewalk along Main Street, as authorized by Town Vote in Article 39 at the 1961 Annual Town Meeting. 7. Assisting and advising the Planning Board, the Board of Health, the Highway Department, the Recreation Commission, the Board of Assessors, and other municipal agencies, in engineering and surveying matters. 8. Revising and up-dating town maps and records. 9. Laying out and drawing up of drain easements. 10. Surveying and engineering the proposed relocation of a part of Central Street near Richardson's grade crossing, as instructed by the Board of Selectmen. THE TOWN OF ACTON 117 During the year 1961, Mr. Lewis L. Bowker, Jr., joined the Engi- neering Department, bringing with him the experience of ten years as a surveyor. I am firmly convinced that this experience will be more bene- ficial to the Town of Acton in years to come. I should like to express my sincere appreciation to the many individual citizens, to the various organized groups, and to the members of the Town's administrative departments for their valuable suggestions, for their constructive criticism, and for their cooperation. Without their help, without that "pooling of resources and dormant talents" the Engineering Department's functions would have been reduced to the role of a neutral observer rather than that of an active catalyst. Respectfully submitted. FRED K. HANACK, Engineering Department. REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit my twenty-ninth annual report of the Fire Depart- ment for the year ending December 31, 1961. Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: Residential 14 Non-Residential Mercantile 1 Manufacturing 8 Miscellaneous 4 Grass and Brush 42 Automobile, etc 15 False Alarms 2 Smoke scares and accidental alarms 19 Accidents and Emergencies 40 Out of Town 6 151 Loss to buildings $7,349.00 Loss to contents 1,740.00 Loss to Automobiles 3,605.00 $12,694.00 Permits Issued: Oil and Power Burners 121 Bottled Gas 15 VI8 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Blasting 66 Open Air Fires 1,046 Inspections and investigations 1,070 2,318 Collected for permits #100.50 Miscellaneous cash Collections 13.50 Collected Rents at Station #1 90.00 Collected Rents at Station #3 90.00 $294.00 Under Article 2, a new air compressor was purchased and put in service at the West Acton Fire Station. Under Article 6, a new 1,000 gallon pumping engine was purchased from The Farrar Company and put in service at the South Acton Fire Station. Under Article 7, a new Ford Cruiser was purchased from Ken-Dunn Ford Company and put in service for use of the Fire Chief. Under Article 17, the new Fire Station has been completed at South Acton and was put in service November 1, 1961. Under Articles 44-45-46, the fire alarm extension under these articles have not been completed at this time, but will be in the near future. New fire alarm boxes have been installed in several locations as follows: on Main Street at School Street on River Street at Merriam Lane on School Street at Hosmer Street on School Street at Waite's Corner on Iris Court at Azalea Apartments on Massachusetts Avenue and Prospect Street 1962 PROGRAM Stabilization Fund — $10,000.00. To justify this increase it is scheduled for a three-year period to replace the ladder truck at South Acton which will be 22 years old. Emergency Power Generator. The reason for this request is that the fire alarm system is operated on Edison power with a battery stand-by in case of power failure, which is good for a 24-hour period. In case of power failure, the base radio would be out. In case of some sort of disaster, one of the most logical places for emergency housing, would be the Fire Stations. Box 212 Box 222 Box 254 Box 252 Box 4222 Box 323 THE TOWN OF ACTON 119 Fire Hydrant. At the present time, there is no water available for fire protection on Pope Road. However, there is a water hole on land owned by the town on Pope Road that could be made available by piping it to the street. Fire Alarm Extension. This extension would cover the southwesterly part of South Acton. I believe that now all the underwriters requirements to bring the fire department up to standard, have been accomplished, with the excep- tion of a few more alarm extensions, and of course replacing out-dated and out-moded equipment as it is required. In closing, I wish to thank the firemen and auxiliary firemen for their cooperation in attending meetings, drills, training schools, and the assistance they have given me through the year. I, also, wish to thank the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, the Clerical Staff at the Town Hall, and all others who have contributed to the support and operation of the Fire Department. Respectfully submitted. H. S. MacGREGOR, Chief of Fire Department. REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND INVESTMENTS Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 Concord Co-operative Bank 3,000.00 S3,465.5-i RECEIPTS Charlestown Savings Bank SIS. 01 Concord Co-operative Bank 112.51 SI 30.52 EXPENDITURES Treasurer of the Evangelical Church in Acton .... Si 10.52 Town of Acton for the perpetual care of Good- now Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 $130.52 THELMA L. BOATMAN, JAMES N GATES, CLARK C McELVEIN. Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 120 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : The Board of Health herewith submits its report for the year ending December 31, 1961, together with the reports of other departments con- nected with it. Sanitation is a way of life. It is the quality of living that is expressed in the clean home, the clean farm, the clean business and industry, the clean neighborhood, the clean community. Being a way of life it must come from within the people; it is nourished by knowledge and grows as an obligation and an ideal in human relations. The continued good health and well-being of the people of Acton depend upon appropriate sanitation, therefore with the increase in build- ing, closer supervision of sanitary conditions have been necessary. Individual sewerage systems need attention and it is recommended that they should be checked periodically and pumped if necessary. In presenting an Article in the Town Warrant, the Board of Health is calling attention once again to a number of areas in the town which presently constitute a health hazard, and at the same time pose problems of sewage disposal which cannot comply with existing rules and regula- tions. Many problems of sewage disposal can be met by the judicious location of building and adequate provision for individual systems. There exist, however, substantial areas of residential dwelling, notably in West and South Acton, wherein problems of sewage disposal cannot be met by individual home owners or even abutter cooperation. There is need for a coordinated study by interested and responsible Town officials to make a concerted attack upon this problem, to estimate objectively in dollars and cents, number of dwellings, number of house- holders, location and acreage, the present hazard and future problems. The collection and study of existing information in the way of town contours with this particular subject in mind, and the availability of professional consultant services, particularly federal, needs clearer delineation. It is the purpose of this Article to establish a committee representing the Selectmen, the Planning Board, the Town Engineer and the Board of Health, together with a representative of the Town at large, to make such studies and to make recommendations to the respective committees no later than 30 October 1962. Such report may be expected to recom- mend any appropriate action, whether for a sectional or regional system or systems, complete with treatment plant location and recommendations THE TOWN OF ACTON 121^ for appropriation of land, to essentially maintain the status quo or the more economical expedient (?) of town appropriation by eminent domain of those areas in the town unsuitable for continued residence. The Board has held regular meetings every second and fourth Mon- day of each month. Special meetings were held whenever necessary. Visitors are always welcome to attend these meetings. During the year regular inspections of schools, food handling estab- lishments, milk dealers, kindergartens, nursery schools, rest homes, etc. have been made. The Board of Health has worked constantly for health standards throughout the community. Water samples have been tested whenever it was considered necessary. Mosquito control spray was provided during the spring and summer. The Board sponsored the usual clinics, namely, Diphtheria and Tetanus immunizations, Dental clinic, Tuberculin clinic and Dog rabies immunization. We have no cases of TB in hospitals at present. The Middlesex County Sanatorium at Waltham provides a clinic for free chest X-ray. It is suggested that people take advantage of this free clinic. The Town provides a garbage collection. No rubbish collection is provided; however the Town maintains a Dump for the convenience of residents of Acton. The Town has been free from any epidemic of communicable disease, dangerous to the public health. All communicable disease should be reported either by an attending physician or the householder, (Chapter 111, General Laws of Massa- chusetts). There were 70 cases of contagious disease reported during the year 1961. Cases Reported: Scarlet fever and strepto throat 2 Chicken pox 10 Measles 8 German Measles 6 Dog bites 14 Mumps 26 Tuberculosis 1 Syphilis ]22 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF There were 21 premature births reported during 196l. The services of the Town Nurse are available for those who cannot pay for emergency nursing care. Those who are financially able are required to pay a small fee for each visit. These services are offered only under guidance of a physician. She may be reached by calling the Board of Health Office CO 3-4736. The following permits and licenses were issued: Sewage disposal permits 171 Total amount collected for these $3,150.00 Offal transport permits 3 Catering permits 2 Overnight cabins and camps 2 Methyl alcohol permits 9 Kindergarten and Nursery school Store milk license 14 Milk dealers license 12 Massage license 1 Amount collected for these permits $50.00 Nursing and Rest Homes inspected 2 Eating and Food dispensing establishments inspected 15 Burial permits issued 34 Plumbing permits issued 193 Amount collected $2,083.50 Amount collected from Town Nurse $882.00 Total amount received and deposited with the Town Treasurer for year ending December 31, 1961 $6,165.50 The Board of Health wishes to thank all those who contributed to its progress for the year 1961. Respectfully submitted, ROBERT C. HEUSTIS, R.S., Chairman MARTIN J. DUGGAN, R.N. DONNELL W. BOARDMAN, M.D. THE TOWN OF ACTON 123 ,/-*- -Av, WL %^aP IN MEMORIAM In December 1961 the Town was saddened by the death of Lillian F. Taylor who for twenty-five (25) years served as Town Nurse. She also served as a Board of Health member at one time. She was a faithful citizen in the performance of her duties and obligations to the Town. still caring for others long after her resignation. A picture of Dr. Orma L. Clark who was Chairman of the Board of Health, and the late Lillian F. Taylor retiring Town Nurse. Picture was taken at a testimonial in 1952 for Mrs. Taylor. Dr. Clark resigned from the Board in 1958 after serving as Chairman for 20 years. He now resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 124 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF To the Board of Health: I hereby submit my report for the year ending December 31, 1961. The following visits were made: Old Age Persons General Welfare Aid to Dependent Children Veterans, Veterans' Widows and their Dependents Follow up and Health supervision Maternity and Child Health visits (some paid visits) Communicable Diseases Mumps Chicken pox Tuberculosis patients and contacts New cases of Tuberculosis 1 Transfers from Boston 1 Total number of unpaid calls 1,024 Total number of paid calls 878 Trips to hospitals and doctors with patients 23 Number of calls made on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 174 Public Health Clinics held during the year in cooperation with the School Department are as follows: Diphtheria Clinics (Tetanus/Diphtheria boosters) for grades 1, 5 and 9 314 Dental Clinics 11 with appointments 71 Tuberculin Testing Clinic pupils 652 Positive reactors (now being X-rayed) 23 A Polio Clinic was held in June and only 36 persons availed them- selves of it. I also assisted at Preschool Clinic with the School Nurse in April. An X-ray Clinic for Farm Laborers was held in Maynard, Acton had 8 X-rayed. Kindergarten, playground and Scout Camp Inspec- tions 14 Total amount of fees received and turned over to the Town Treasurer $882.00 I wish to extend my thanks to all those who have helped me during the past year, especially Mrs. Lydia Rhodes and Mrs. Hazel Vose who are always ready to help when there are more calls than time. EILEEN F. HALE, R.N. Town Nurse. THE TOWN OF ACTON 125 To the Board of Health: Acton, Massachusetts There were no cases of slaughtering reported during the year 1961. EDWARD J. HIGGINS, Inspector of Slaughtering. REPORT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION January 4, 1962 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : This is our fifth annual report but the first since the Acton Industrial Development Committee with no budget became a Commission with a present annual budget of $500.00. This transition occurred by vote of the March 1961 Annual Town Meeting and broadened the scope of our work substantially. Our principal efforts during 1961 concerned the 125 acres of so-called Concord Reformatory Farmland lying between Hosmer Street and the Concord line on the southside of Route 2. In summary: 1.) The Annual Town Meeting by an overwhelming vote of 604 to 120 rezoned this land from residential to industrial usage. This unpre- cedented expression of the townspeoples' wishes justifies our past and present efforts at the State Legislative level. 2.) After our presentation of Acton's case before the Joint Public Welfare Committee, both that committee and the House Ways and Means Committee favorably reported House Bill 2301 to the floor of the House. This bill would have directed the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction to convey to the Town of Acton for industrial use the 125 acres rezoned by the Town. Proceeds of the sale of this land by the Town to industry or industrial developers were to be returned to the Commonwealth. This bill passed the first and second readings in the House but lost on the third reading. 3.) A similar bill has just been refiled in the Town's behalf by Rep. Vernon L. Fletcher. We feel as strongly as ever that success of this legislation could be the keystone to Acton's long terms economic future. In quite another area, we have sent representatives to formative meetings of a Route 495 Regional Industrial Commission and a Northern Middlesex Industrial Development Council, sponsored respectively by the State Dept. of Commerce and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. m 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP Finally, we have received seven specific requests this year from firms in such varied fields as scientific research and development, shopping center development, quarrying, and prefab building construction who were potentially interested in locating in Acton. As a result of these contacts it continues to be clear that Acton is on the fringe of the area considered ripe for industrial development. Therefore we cannot too strongly emphasize the importance of successfully concluding our Reformatory land negotiations so that Acton will stand ready when industry moves out to meet it. A. L. BECK ALLEN M. CHRISTOFFERSON FREDERICK H. BUBIER STEPHEN E. LORD RICHARD J. O'NEILL PAUL H. LESURE, Chairman Acton Industrial Development Commission REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS I herewith submit my report for the year ending 1961. Premises inspected 30 Cows 244 Young cattle 24 Bulls 8 Steer 10 Swine 1 Sheep 13 Goats 4 Horses and Ponies 37 Dog Bites 19 Dogs Quarantined 24 Rabies 384 Respectfully submitted, CARL W. FLINT, Animal Inspector. Town of Acton. THE TOWN OF ACTON 127 REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF WIRES To the Honorable Board of Sele< i men: I herewith submit my report as Inspector of Wires for the year ending December 31, 1961. Two hundred seventy-eight permits were issued. The sum of two thousand three hundred five dollars and seventy-five cents, ($2,305.75) was collected in fees for these permits, and turned over to the Treasurer. Respectfully submitted, LESLIE F. PARKE, Inspector of Wires. LFP/jp 1961 INSURANCE COMMITTEE REPORT January 25, 1962 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : The principal change in the Town Insurance Program in 1961 was the recruiting of the Town Fire Insurance Schedule onto the New Public and Institutional Property form. The revision of coverage provides a single limit of $2,066,500.00, which equals 90% of the insurable values, and can be applied to any unit insured. The technical name is blanket coverage on Buildings and Contents. The new contract requires an inspection of all qualified buildings annually by the New England Fire Insurance Rating Association, and quarterly inspection by Town officials for seeking out fire hazards. In recognition of these inspections the fire rate is reduced 25%, the extended coverage 40%, and the vandalism 50%. These rate credits have made it possible for the Town to buy extended coverage and vandalism protection at a reasonable cost. This revision was completed in November, which upset the Wo J budget, because the new policy required more insurance than the old and much better protection, and hence, will increase the annual expenditure about $800.00, but this year it will seem like more because the anniver- sary date of the policies has been changed from April to November, which means that an extra six months of insurance must be paid for in one fiscal year. 228 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Another matter under consideration is the purchase of Public Lia- bility Insurance on certain Town Properties, and the activities of certain employees who, in the course of their duties, could accidentally cause injury to persons or property of citizens. The complete package will cost in the vicinity of $1,000.00. The Insurance Committee are aware that the Selectmen are giving this problem very serious consideration, but realize that the budget problems may not permit such an expenditure this year. In September of 1961 the Town Employees were enrolled under a Plan of Group Life Insurance and a Revised Blue Cross - Blue Shield Plan under the authority of Chapter 32-B of the General Laws of Massa- chusetts, which Act was accepted by vote of the Town at the Annual Town Meeting in March of 1961. By this acceptance, the Town author- ized the Town to pay fifty percent of the cost of this insurance; the employees themselves pay the remaining fifty percent. There were no other changes in the Town Insurance. Respectfully submitted, DAVID P. TINKER RAYMOND A. GALLANT CHARLES M. MacRAE THERON A. LOWDEN THOMAS MOTLEY, Chairman LIBRARIANS REPORT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit the following report for 1961: Board of Trustees Richard Bodge Roland MacLean Mrs. Florence Durkee Miss Florence Merriam W. W. Forbes, M.D. Mrs. M. P. Moore Frank Garbarino, Chairman Marvin Tolf Dudley Howe Library Hours Acton Memorial West Branch Tuesday - Saturday (incl.) Tuesday 3 - 6 P. M. 1 - 6 P. M. and 7-9 P. M. Thursday 6 - 8 P. M. THE TOWN OF ACTON 129 Librarians Marian L. Piper Marion M. Armstrong Edna R. distance Ina Milbery — West Branch Custodian Edna R. Custance Accession Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1961 21,169 Increase by Purchase 1,298 Increase by Gift 197 Withdrawn 995 Number of Volumes in Library January 1, 1962 22,669 Circulation in 1961: Fiction 24,500 Non-fiction 10,988 Juvenile 17,269 Total 52,757 Circulation in I960 50,145 Receipts Fines $866.52 Miscellaneous 15.50 Total $882.02 The Trustees of the Library are working on a plan for long range expansion and have started buying $2,000.00 worth of children's books in addition to regular purchases. This has been done as a part of a pro- gram of improvement based on a study made by a State Department of Education Library representative. No added expense to the Town is incurred as bequested funds are available. About five hundred new books have been acquired and put on the shelves. Another three or four hundred will be added. The selections have been made from picture books to eighth grade and include the popular classics, biographies, histories, science and some light reading. Through the kindness of the employees of the Natick and Burling- ton plants of Radio Corporation of America, an additional one hundred and ten books for very young children were given to the Library in memory of Michele St. Lawrence. My thanks to all who so kindly contributed books and magazines. Respectfully submitted, MARIAN L. PIPER. Librarian. ]30 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF REPORT OF THE MOTH SUPERINTENDENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. A foliage spray was applied to all elms growing on town property. Wild cherry and apple trees along the street were also sprayed for tent caterpillars. Our poison ivy control program was continued with emphasis around playgrounds and recreation areas. We removed 42 diseased Elms in 1961. There are 10 diseased Elms remaining to be removed before April 1962. Respectfully submitted, FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, Moth Superintendent. REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL BOARD To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: At a regular Town Meeting in March of 1961, the townspeople voted unanimously to appropriate a sum of money to be used to hire a consultant to check our programs of study in past years relative to salaries and wages, and to incorporate the wishes and feelings of the Personnel Board into a Town By-Law. This has been accomplished in the resulting By-Law which will appear as Article 4 on the 1962 Annual Town Meet- ing Warrant. Respectfully submitted, CLYDE HORNE, Chairman PETER GRAY EVERETT PARKER CHARLES WHITEHEAD JOHN DARGIN WARREN J. NEWELL, Clerk THE TOWN OF ACTON 131 REPORT OF THE ACTON PLANNING BOARD — 1961 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : The year 1961 was another busy one for the Planning Board and was also one that offered much satisfaction to the members of the board, in that several programs and plans for the future development of the town that have long been in the preparation stage have been completed. The implementation of the recommendations of these studies will be one of the major activities of the board during the next few years. The recommendations of hired consultants must be carefully studied by all the various boards and committees of the town, whenever their individual functions may be involved. Where it is deemed advisable, changes and modifications will be made based on the intimate knowledge of the town that these town officials have. The final responsibility for the future of the town, however, falls on all of the townspeople in their participation at public hearings and their votes at town meetings. The Planning Board is of the opinion that one of its major functions should be to present reasonable and well thought out plans to the town for its action. This we feel can be best accomplished by the regular publication of all its activities and through public hearings. This we have done during the past year and expect to continue in the future. The completed programs are as follows: 1. The comprehensive planning and study program which started in 1959 has been completed and will be published in January 1962. A summary of its major recommendations is elsewhere in the town report. 2. A complete Drainage study of the Fort Pond Brook area has been carried out. The following Subdivisions were approved during the year: Flagg Hill Estates, Section III, West Acton. Flagg Hill Estates Inc. Evergreen Heights, off Newtown Road, Acton Center. Herbert L. Estabrook. Brucewood Estates, Section III, J. F. Cahill Construction ( o. Meadowgreen, off School Street, South Acton, Merwin H. < raig. In addition to these approved subdivisions several more -ire in the preliminary stage at the present time. The wisdom of the towns hiring a town engineer has been ^on firmed many times during the past year. This has been especially true in the boards subdivision regulation. The value of his engineering ad\>> 132 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF many subdivision problems during their consideration and inspection of the construction after approval, cannot be accurately measured in dollars but will be realized in the future maintenance costs of these new streets. In the interest of better town government, the Planning Board makes the following recommendations, that: 1. The Town take positive steps toward the purchase of a suitable site for the consolidation of several departments now in need of adequate facilities. This would require a centrally located area to house the police department, the Highway department, and for the construction of additional Library facilities. 2. The Town again consider the employment of an administrative assistant. 3. The Town consider very seriously the recommendations of the comprehensive plan as they are presented for implementation at town meetings. 4. An energetic drainage program be carried out in the Fort Pond Brook water shed to postpone as long as possible the need for a town sewer system. 5. A traffic and parking study be made of the West Acton area with a view towards enhancing its value as the major mercantile center in the town. 6. The Board of Health consider the advisability of hiring a Sanitary Engineer on a part time or full time basis as the need is indicated. The Town Engineer might be used in this capacity on the trial basis. 7. The Building Inspector be put on a full time basis with addi- tional responsibilities such as Zoning By-Law, and Earth Removal By-Law enforcement. We wish to thank the various Boards, Committees and Departments of the Town for their co-operation during the past year. Respectfully submitted, JOHN H. LORING, Chairman CHARLES JUDD FARLEY DAVID P. TINKER DONALD E. DONNELLY, Clerk WILLIAM M. VEAZEY THE TOWN OF ACTON 133 REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : I herewith submit my fifth annual report for the Police Department for the year ending December 31, 1961. This report includes all arrests and prosecutions, report on motor vehicle accidents, bicycle registrations, houses checked, parking violations, defective equipment tags, telephone calls received and other items. Arrests and Prosecutions for the following offenses: Allowing Improper person to operate a motor vehicle 1 Assault 1 Assault and Battery 4 Assault and Battery on a Police Officer 1 Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon 1 Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon 1 Carrying Firearm without a Permit 2 Carrying Weapon in motor vehicle 1 Dangerous Weapon in motor vehicle without a Permit 1 Disturbing the Peace 2 Drunk 24 Failing to display Number Plates 1 Failing to slow at Intersection 1 Failing to stop for Police Officer 1 False Alarm of Fire 1 Fugitive from Justice 1 Going away after Property Damage 2 Impeded Operation 1 Indecent Assault and Battery 2 Larceny 4 Law of the Road 4 Malicious injury to Property 3 No Inspection Sticker 5 No License in Possession 11 Non-Support 1 No Registration in Possession 1 Operating after revocation of license 5 Operating after suspension of license 5 Operating an Uninspected Motor Vehicle 4 Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle 3 Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle 3 Operating so as to Endanger 2S Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor IS 134 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Operating without a License 2 Operating without Mud Flaps 1 Racing 1 Red Light Violation 15 School Bus Violation Speeding 146 Spilling 1 Stop Sign Violation 47 Throwing Rubbish on Highway Traffic Sign Violation 1 Unlawful Possession of Harmful Drugs 1 Unnecessary Noise with Motor Vehicle Using Trailer without License 1 Uttering Check without Funds 2 Vagrancy 3 Violation of Sanitation Code 1 Delinquent Child — Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon 1 Delinquent Child — Breaking and Entering Nighttime 3 Delinquent Child — False Alarm of Fire 2 Delinquent Child — Furnishing Liquor to a Minor 1 Delinquent Child — Larceny 1 Delinquent Child — Lewd and Lascivious Speech and Behavior 2 Delinquent Child — Neglected Child Petition 1 Delinquent Child — Operating so as to Endanger 1 Delinquent Child — Speeding 11 Delinquent Child — Stubborn Child 1 313 Motor Vehicle Accident Report: I960 1961 Total number of Accidents reported 151 139 Total number of Accidents covered by the Department 91 126 Number of occupants injured 39 52 Number of occupants killed 2 Number of pedestrians injured 4 Bicyclists injured 2 3 Bicyclists killed Motorcyclists killed 1 Miscellaneous Statistics: Bicycles registered 204 Complaints received and investigated 166 Cruiser Ambulance trips to Acton Medical Center 9 THE TOWN OF ACTON 135 Cruiser Ambulance trips to Emerson Hospital 66 Cruiser trips to Metropolitan State Hospital 1 Defective Equipment tickets given 40 Doors found unlocked in buildings and places of business .... 45 Electric Wires down and reported to Edison Emergencies Answered 98 Fire Alarms Answered 106 Houses Checked 248 Motorists assisted by Patrol 36 Motor Vehicles checked by Night Patrol 167 Nighttime Parking Tickets Given 72 Parking Tickets Given 30 Property check, Slips left at request of owners 3,547 Prowlers reported 8 Street Lights out, reported to Edison Company 86 Summonses sent out for Service 154 Summonses Served 227 Telephone Calls — Incoming 3,392 Telephone Calls — Outgoing 2,059 Telephone Calls received re "No School" 84 Times Resuscitator was used 14 Total number of Arrests made 32 Traffic Lights out and reported to Department of Public Works 19 There were 606 Motor Vehicles checked by the Department of Traffic or Motor Vehicles violations for which operators received verbal warnings, summonses to appear in court or had the violation reported to the Registrar for action. Fatals It is gratifying to report no fatal accidents in 1961. Cruisers I have recommended to the Board of Selectmen that both cruisers be traded in 1962. Police Station I have also recommended to the Board that land be purchased or utilized from town property to erect a police station in 1962. At present we are operating in a 12x12 office. The law requires a lockup after 3,000 population. The law also requires a juvenile deten- tion room which is used when juveniles are arrested or picked up tot- questioning. It is also used when lost children arc awaiting their 1J36 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF parents to pick them up. To sum it up a room used to separate the chil- dren from the hardened criminal who could be arrested at the same time a lost child is detained at the station. We arc also lacking an up to date firing range which I feel is essential to modern police work. The officer's gun is one of the tools of his trade. He should know how to use it in an expert manner for the protection of his own life and that of the people of the town which he has sworn to protect. It is a well known fact that in a gun battle the criminal usually has the advantage as he must fire the first shot. If the officer is fortunate not to be hit by the first shot and can handle his gun properly he may come out of it alive. There are many other advantages of having a station such as, Dark room for photography work, Interrogation room, a female cell which at present creates a problem as we have no facilities for detention of females. The State Police barracks at Concord can not take females. The nearest place I know is Framingham Police Station. A trip to Framingham would tie our cruiser up for two hours and this is a long time for a cruiser to be out of town. I, also, feel it is time that the citizens of Acton can come to the police station with their problems and talk with me or the officer on the desk in privacy. At present, a person who is being interviewed can be seen by several other departments of the town and by all other persons entering the Town Hall. This I believe is wrong. A police station should be apart from all other town functions for confidential reasons. In closing I would like to thank all the members of my department who worked with me in carrying out the duties of the police depart- ment during the year and to the Board of Selectmen and all others who assisted us in any way, I am grateful. Respectfully submitted, EDWARD J. COLLINS, JR., Chief of Police. THE TOWN OF ACTON 137 REPORT OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS STUDY COMMITTEE To THi-: Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : This is the first report of the Department of Public Works Study Committee. We have met with town committees, department heads, individual citizens officials of this town and officials of other towns in an attempt to determine if the formation of a Department of Public Works of Acton would be beneficial for the town. This problem is difficult, because, as has been pointed out to us on several occasions, no proposed organiza- tional plan will work any better than the people who will be working in it. The designs of organizations to provide towns with public work services are most varied in their scope and implementation. The selection by this town of the most desirable method of providing public works services can have long term affects. We have at present insufficient information to present any conclu- sions to you. We wish to continue our study and plan to present our conclusions as soon as prepared. Respectfully submitted, DAVID L. MAY, Chairman WILLIAM CHIPMAN ARTHUR HANSEN REPORT OF RECREATION COMMISSION To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: The Recreation Commission continued its progress this year through the planned activity of its summer program; held at Jones Field, Goward Field and Gardner Field, not only in increased aggregate attendance, but through improvements of more equipment installed, which was voted at the annual Town Meeting. General maintenance improved, water installed and in West Acton a protective enclosure of chain link fence tor the safety of the children. The School Committee, to whom we are once again grateful, not only loaned the program equipment but afforded us the use of the gymnasium on rai.ny days allowing us a complete uninterrupted program. V38 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF The School Committee, also, authorized the Recreation Commission controlled use of the tennis courts as well as the playing fields. This year the Commission established organized scheduling of all fields (including school fields) for use to many groups. One of our members has been representative on the Conservation Commission this past year in order to have a closer liaison between the two Commissions. There has been a concerted effort made by both the Planning Board and Commission working together through the subdivision control law to promote park areas at strategic points. Federal aid in the form of personnel has been granted to the Acton area to test for suitable water recreational facilities, this is to be com- pleted this following year. The swimming program, under the able chairmanship of Mrs. John Ribiero, continued its usual success with approximately 450 in attendance. There have been two resignations this year due to personal pressures, Mrs. Stella French and Mrs. Patience MacPherson, these resignations were accepted with regret. We wish to thank the engineering department for the invaluable assistance received throughout the year. Our future plans involve purchasing our own playground equip- ment, an increase of staff for the playgrounds, and support by the townspeople for our articles presented at town meeting in order to continue the necessary and betterment of a much needed program. Respectfully submitted, PATIENCE H. MacPHERSON, FREDERICK T. HEYLIGER, ALLAN R. MURRAY, GLADYS K. MASON, WILLIAM J. PHILLIPS THE TOWN OF ACTON L39 REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Town Hall Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : I herewith submit my report as Sealer of Weights and Measures tor the year ending December 31 . 1961: Total number of devices sealed 204 Sealing fees collected $163.15 Respectfully submitted, GEORGE K. HAYWARD, Sealer of Weights and Measures. STREET LIGHT COMMITTEE To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: The Street Light Committee wishes to make the following report: When the BOSTON EDISON CO. has installed all the lights that the town has ordered there will be a total of 433 lights in the town as against 364 when the committee started on the first of I960. We have suggested, and you have very readily acted to our sugges- tion so that today the committee is very proud to say that the Town ot Acton is well on its way to being a very well lighted town. Our suggested budget for 1962 is one that can be followed year after year in the future and will not change the tax structure if the simple increase is not allowed to exceed more than 3^c of the previous year's Street Light bill unless it is for the reason of lighting up some area that has become a mercantile development, then for that year would we recommend to go above the 3% ratio. We hope that the suggested plan now in effect between the Boston Edison Co., and the Town of Acton not to order any street lights after OCTOBER 1st and that the Boston Edison Co. shall not install any street light after December 1st shall continue to be in force in this way we will prevent a repetition of the past mistakes. The committee has set up a system by which any one can check the number of street lights in the town against any month's bill. 140 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF A complete list of all street lights by size and location are now on record at the town hall and the street light committee. To you we extend our fullest appreciation for your co-operation of the past year. Respectfully submitted, JOHN F. NEVILLE, Chairman JOSEPH F. BUSHELL BYRD D. GOSS REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : I herewith submit my report for the Highway Department for the year 1961. Throughout the year the usual maintenance work of sweeping, scraping, and patching of roads was carried on. During the summer almost all of the roadsides were cut with the Farmall Cub which has been a great help to us. This year all the roads that were resurfaced required a great deal of preparation. The streets were widened considerably, swept, hot topped with the grader, rolled, swept again, and then sealed. At this point it should be mentioned that our present roller, a 1928 model which is old and slow, should be replaced in the near future. A portion of Main Street was hot topped as was a small portion of Hosmer Street. Hot topping the shoulders of roads is needed more and more, and in this respect it is hoped that more money can be made available for this purpose. This fall Hammond Street, Minot Avenue and Forest Road were shaped up for the winter with application of screened gravel. Two bad corners of ledge on Nagog Hill Road were removed and straightened. A sidewalk was rebuilt in front of the Town Hall. Chapter 90 maintenance consisting of oil and stone treatment was done on two sections of Main Street. Chapter 90 construction of Main Street was continued this year as far as Kelley Road, and in 1962 will be extended to Kelley' s Corner. The drainage problem is an endless one. A few of the troublesome spots were alleviated this past summer, the biggest one being the main trunk line on Main Street for the 1962 Chapter 90 construction. In THE TOWN OF ACTON 141_ addition, catch basins and manholes were installed at the intersection of Central Street and Mohawk Drive, Willow Street and Marian Road. Summer and Willow Streets, as well as Littleneld, Hayward and Nashoba Roads, and two locations on Piper Road. Early in the summer the playground in West Acton was loamed and seeded. Next year more work is planned for this playground. Jones' Field was filled, leveled, and seeded in the outfield. The mowing of the Town grounds and ball fields was carried on with the help of the two new power mowers which worked out well. A new International truck was purchased this year. It was not received until late in the year, but we anticipate that it will serve us well. The Town Dump was placed under the jurisdiction of the Highway Department as of April 1st. A great deal of tree removal has been done. A new roadway has been bulldozed down to the foot of the dump and a new entrance added. A large amount of fill has been acquired since the removal of the trees, and this fill can now be used for the leveling of the dump. Arthur Conquest, the Custodian, has done a good job keeping the area clean. I wish to thank the Highway Department personnel for their full cooperation in the past year. Also, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Board of Selectmen and all Departments for their coopera- tion for which I am most grateful. Respectfully submitted. ALLEN NELSON, Superintendent of Streets. REPORT OF THE TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: We herewith submit our report for the year 1961. Clearing of underbrush along the fire lanes, established in 1955. was done in the Texas lot this year. Boy Scout groups are now using both Town Forest areas for camping and other wood craft activities. The annual meeting of the Town Forest Association held in Groton this year was attended by the committee. Respectfully submitted, FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, EMERY NELSON. ARNO H. PERKINS. Town I 142 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP REPORT OF THE TREE WARDEN To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. Our tree planting program was started in April this year. 72 Shade trees were planted adjacent to public streets. A good growing season with regular rainfall insured nearly 100% survival this year. Low hanging branches were removed on several miles of town ways. The use of a power pruner has greatly increased the efficiency of this work over hand pruning done formerly. Tree branches interfering with street lights were removed on many streets. A number of weak and diseased trees were removed. The stumps were removed below ground where considered hazardous. Respectfully submitted, FRANKLIN H. CHARTER, Tree Warden. REPORT OF VETERANS' AGENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. Again this has been a very busy year with pensions and hospitalization a big factor. The case load for Veterans' Benefits is down substantially from last year which is gratifying but the costs have been high, mainly for hospitalization. Should the townspeople have any questions regarding Veterans' affairs I would like to remind them that I am at the Town Hall on Tuesday evenings for that purpose. Respectfully submitted, IAN M. MOTT, Veterans' Agent and Director of Veterans' Services. THE TOWN OF ACTON 143 REPORT OF THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WELFARE To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Gentlemen : Submitted herewith is the report of the BOARD OF PUBLIC WEL- FARE for the year 1961: Old Age Assistance: We have aided 47 cases under this category. 3 new applications were approved during the year. Medical Assistance for the Aged: 19 cases aided — 10 new appli- cations were processed of which 7 were approved. Aid to Dependent Children: 18 children from 7 families have been aided during 1961. Disability Assistance and General Relief: 12 cases have received assistance either on a temporary or sustaining basis under this double heading. The following is a detailed analysis of the expenditure for the year 1961 and estimated expenditures for 1962: Old Age Assistance Amount paid to Acton residents $47,475.92 Amount paid to Acton residents in other com- munities 2,102.45 $49,578.37 Federal share $25,079.90 State share 16,963.81 Receipts from other towns 530.00 $42,573.71 Net cost to Acton $7,004.66 Medical Assistance for the Aged $25,633.36 Federal share $12,764.85 State share 9,238.20 $22,003.05 Net cost to Acton $3,630 *1 144 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Aid to Dependent Children Amount paid to Acton families $6,094.02 Federal share $5,186.50 State share 1,944.80 $7,131.30 Net Credit to Acton $1,037.28 Disability Assistance and General Relief Amount paid to Acton cases from D.A $8,922.21 Amount paid to Acton cases from G.R 2,712.94 $11,635.15 Federal share of D.A $1,771.80 State share of D.A 4,667.39 Recovery on G.R 158.50 $6,597.69 Net cost to Acton $5,037.46 NASHOBA WELFARE DISTRICT ADMIN- ISTRATION 1961 — Acton Share $2,400.00 Estimated Expenditure for 1962 ADMINISTRATION $1,800.00 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE $55,000.00 Respectfully submitted, RAYMOND A. GALLANT LOSSIE E. LAIRD CLINTON S. CURTIS REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: For the year ending December 31, 1961 the one case requiring hospitalization, with loss of time in i960 carried over into 1961 with a loss of considerable time and several thousand dollars medical expense, has been settled satisfactory to all concerned. During the year there were ten additional accidents reported, all requiring medical attention, only two of which lost any time from work, and all have been settled satisfactorily. Respectfully submitted, THERON A. LOWDEN, Compensation Agent. SECTION E Accountant 145 Assessors 1 64 Collector 165 State Auditor's Report 170 Treasurer 182 THE TOWN OF ACTON 145 REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: The reports that are submitted with this letter represent a summary of the disbursements authorized during the year, and a Balance Sheet of the Town on December 31, 1961. The 1962 appropriation for amortization of the bonded indebtedness of the Town will include the final amount for the West Acton Fire House. The complete amortization requirements are as follows: South Acton Fire House $12,000.00 West Acton Fire House 12,000.00 Julia McCarthy Elementary School 15,000.00 New Elementary School 45,000.00 Regional School District 42,370.00 $126,370.00 The accounts of the Treasurer, Collector and Manager of the School Cafeteria have been verified, and I have reviewed the various trust funds in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. Respectfully submitted, DONALD O. NYLANDER, Town Accountant. 146 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF BALANCE SHEET ASSETS Cash: General Funds $459,051.51 Petty Cash Funds 70.00 $459,121.51 Accounts Receivable: Taxes: Levy of 1956 Real Estate $6.80 Personal Property 172.00 178.80 Levy of 1957 Real Estate $154.80 Personal Property 288.00 442.80 Levy of 1958 Real Estate $232.50 Poll 6.00 Personal Property 1,045.20 1,283.25 Levy of 1959 Real Estate $1,534.38 Poll 12.00 Personal Property 1,005.00 2.551.38 Levy of I960 Real Estate $13,661.13 Poll 78.00 Personal Property 1,093.90 14,833.03 Levy of 1961 Real Estate $40,136.11 Poll 260.00 Personal Property 2,880.40 43,276.51 62,565.77 Motor Vehicle Excise: Levy of 1958 $225.94 Levy of 1959 432.07 Levy of I960 3,908.86 Levy of 1961 21,575.62 26,142.49 Tax Titles $234.83 Tax Possessions 367.73 602.56 THE TOWN OF ACTON 147 December 31, 1961 LIABILITIES AND RESERVES Employees' Payroll Deductions: Federal Taxes State Taxes Massachusetts Hospital-Medical Service Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System Middlesex County Retirement System Group Life Insurance Guarantee Deposits: Board of Appeals Planning Board Contracts Unclaimed Checks Trust Fund Income Transfer Balances Unexpended: Cemetery — Perpetual Care Susan Noyes Hosmer Luke Blanchard J. Roland Wetherbee Georgia Whitney Hoit and Scott Henry S. Raymond Frank Knowlton Robert I. Davis Sarah A. Watson Carrie F. Wells George T. Ames Mrs. Harry O'Neil A. B. Conant Library — Wilde Memorial Federal Grants: Welfare Administration Old Age Assistance Medical Aid Aid to Dependent Children Disability Assistance Public Law 815 — School Public Law 874 — School State Reimbursement — Veterans' Aid $7,076.60 1.894.66 494.51 24.75 882.08 2.7 2 $38.24 98.75 250.00 $302.30 370.22 3.50 5. OS 66.26 16.81 37.59 21.56 35.95 33.51 24.35 19.71 25.00 L7.35 43.70 $10,375.3: 386.99 279.76 1,022.89 $460.90 50,963.99 5,529.12 l 1,967.79 ■^8.05 SI 9.68 25,136.44 J 5 97 148 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Departmental : Planning Board School Old Age Assistance Aid to Dependent Children .... Cemetery Highway Fire Aid to Highways: State County $50.00 222.12 197.19 692.12 347.00 891.64 171.75 2.571.82 23,890.20 6,141.86 30.032.06 THE TOWN OF ACTON 149 Revolving Fund — School Department: Cafeterias Unexpended Appropriation Balances: Archives Committee $1,000.46 Conservation Commission 200.00 Title VII, Housing Act of 1954 2,400.00 Article 23, Registry of Deeds Records 225.15 Article 11, Office Furniture 60.54 Article 28, Town Hall Clock 750.00 Article 4, (i960) Town Hall Heating System .... 81.84 Article 44, Alarm Extension, Robbins Park 2,900.00 Article 45, Alarm Extension, Ethan Allen Drive .. 400.00 Article 46, Alarm Extension, Oakwood and Pine- wood Roads 600.00 Building Committee — South Fire Station 2,680.79 South Fire Station — Construction 17,842.26 Town Forest Committee 500.00 Article 29, Town Dump Addition 1,000.00 Chapter 90, Construction 11,097.89 Article 29, Martin Street, Culvert and Bridge 2,500.00 Article 39, Main Street Sidewalk 2,862.75 New Elementary School, Construction 729.33 Julia McCarthy School Addition, Construction .... 65,000.00 Julia McCarthy School Addition, Architect 3,543.50 Article 15, Library Painting 50.00 Article 16, Library Furniture 73.84 Mount Hope Clearing and Grading 2,000.00 Mount Hope Oiling 294.02 Article 31, (i960) Cemeteries Layout 200.00 Article 9, Drainage Survey 3,700.00 Civil Defense, Gonset Rigs 625.00 Civil Defense, Power Unit 300.00 Cemetery Land Fund Road Machinery Fund County Dog License Fees Court Judgment Over-estimates, 1961 Assessments: Middlesex County Tax $1,212.03 State Parks 267.76 Revenue reserved until collected: Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $26,142.49 Tax Titles and Possessions 602.56 Departmental 2,142 SS State and County Aid to Highways (0,032.06 5,730.85 $123,617.37 5,080.3"> 19.180.61 60. 2 -S 1,250.00 1. 179.79 58,919.50 150 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF $581,036.21 DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS Apportioned Street Assessments not due $3,503.71 LOAN AUTHORIZED Julia McCarthy Addition $60,000.00 DEBT ACCOUNTS Net Funded or Fixed Debt $887,000.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 151 Overlays reserved for abatements Levy of 1956 Levy of 1957 Levy of 1958 Levy of 1959 Levy of I960 Levy of 1961 Overlay Surplus — Reserve Fund Reserve for Petty Cash Funds Surplus Revenue M 78.80 442.80 1,283.25 2,551.38 14,242.61 12,571.64 31.270.48 13.248.70 70.00 S229.997.95 $581,036.21 DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS Apportioned Street Assessment Revenue, due 1962 to 1966, inclusive S3. 503. 7 I LOAN AUTHORIZED — UNISSUED Julia McCarthy School Addition S60.000.00 DEBT ACCOUNTS Inside Debt Limit: Elementary School — New S180.000.00 Elementary School — Julia McCarthy 45.000.00 South Fire House 60.000.00 West Fire House 12.000.00 Outside Debt Limit: Elementary School — New S-l80.000.00 Elementary School — Julia McCarthy 110,000.00 S29-.000.00 S^n.000.00 $887.000.0d 152 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF TRUST ACCOUNTS Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: In custody of Town Treasurer $366,317.81 In custody of Trustees 3,465.54 $369,783.35 THE TOWN OF ACTON 153_ TRUST ACCOUNTS In custody of Town Treasurer: Charity Funds — Elizabeth M. White $27,053.04 Georgia E. Whitney 14,608.63 Betsy M. Ball 14,236.00 Varnum Tuttle Memorial 10,632.04 Cemetery Funds — Henry S. Raymond — Monument 1,073-91 Henry S. Raymond — Care 2,459-23 Hoit and Scott 669-86 J. Roland Wetherbee 12,614.84 Perpetual Care 104,466.37 Luke Blanchard 2,504.02 Frank C. Hayward 1,444.52 Georgia E. Whitney 1,799.77 Susan Noyes Hosmer 97,122.28 Dr. Robert I. Davis 1.086.56 Frank R. Knowlton 1,130.28 George T. Ames 481.02 Mrs. Harry O'Neil 389.21 Sarah A. Watson 2,715.11 Carrie F. Wells 3,243.59 A. B. Conant Family 1.035.06 Library and Educational Funds — Acton High School Library 4,573.76 Wilde Memorial 31,560.43 Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 15,948.05 Firemen's Relief Funds — Acton 10,262.55 West Acton 1.049-13 Stabilization Fund 2,158.55 S366.317.81 In custody of Trustees: Charlotte Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 $369,783.35 254 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND DISBURSEMENTS January 1, 1961 to December 31, 1961 GENERAL GOVERNMENT Moderator Finance Committee Selectmen: Salaries Expense R Town Office — Clerical Pool — Wages Legal Services — Board of Selectmen Town Accountant: Salary Expense Treasurer: Salary Expense Town Collector: Salary Expense Assessors: Salaries Expense Town Clerk: Salary Expense Elections and Registrations: Salaries and Wages Expense R Planning Board: Expense Guarantee Deposits B C Board of Appeals: Expense Guarantee Deposits B C Appropriated or Available Disbursed Balance $75.00 $60.00 $15.00 125.00 32.95 92.05 1,200.00 1,275.00 375.00 1,200.00 1.646.30 3.70 14.135.00 13,822.92 312.08 2,000.00 650.00 1,350.00 1,855.00 225.00 1,855.00 224.65 .35 3,090.00 700.00 3,090.00 540.20 159.80 2,475.00 1,025.00 2,475.00 1,025.00 — 5,155.00 500.00 5.151.00 499.44 4.00 .56 1,545.00 450.00 1,545.00 448.71 1.29 2.300.00 560.00 219.49 1,914.15 779.49 385.85 1,500.00 50.73 A 125.00 1.210.99 50.73 26.25 289.01 98.75 50.00 7.26 A 96.00 11.80 7.26 57.76 38.20 38.24 THE TOWN OF ACTON 155 Archives Committee- Expense 150.00 14.00 106.00 Engineering Department: Salaries and Wages 11.800.00 11,053.20 746.80 Expense 1,850.00 1,786.08 63-92 A 57.99 Total General Government $54,913.48 $51,149.89 $3,705.60 BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS Maintenance: Salaries and Wages 54,515.00 S3,865.76 $649.24 Expense 5,210.00 4,985.32 224.68 Total Buildings and Grounds S9.725.00 S8.851.08 $873-92 PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY Police: Salaries and Wages S50.150.00 S49.153.56 $996.44 Expense 6.955.00 6.764.12 190.88 Cruisers (I960) B 4.100.00 3.972.55 127.45 Fire: Salaries and Wages 15,560.00 — R 165.00 15,722.r 2.53 Expense 10.325.00 10,302.35 22.65 I : ire Alarm System: Salaries and Wages 6,010.00 5,991.39 18.61 Expense 2,850.00 2,833.39 16.61 Hydrant Rental 12,600.00 12.600.00 — Article 42 — Water Extension to Dump 200.00 107.50 92.50 West Fire House — Construction B 733.06 733.06 Sealer of Weights and Measures: Salary and Travel 360.00 360. 00 Expense 50.00 25.82 24.18 Moth Department: Wages 080.00 ^.11-4.96 165.0} Expense 1.^00.00 1,597.05 102.95 Town Eorest Maintenance 100.00 76.00 M00 Shade Tree Replacement i25.00 (22.70 2.30 Tree Warden: Wages 2,885.00 2.701.^ Expense 1.100.00 — — R 1.49 1.101.19 156 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Wire Inspector: Salary and Travel 2,000.00 1,949.00 51.00 Expense 100.00 — 100.00 Building Inspector: Salary and Travel 4,300.00 4,099.00 201.00 Expense 150.00 92.50 57.50 Dog Officer: Wages and Travel 515.00 505.00 10.00 Building Committee 50.00 26.95 23.05 Civil Defense 285.00 281.33 3.67 Total Protection of Persons and Property $127,249.55 $124,533.57 $2,715.98 HEALTH AND SANITATION Health: Salaries: Board S275.00 S275.00 $ — Secretary 3,190.00 3.187.60 2.40 Town Nurse 4,180.00 4,177.68 2.32 Assistant Nurse 660.00 428.49 231.51 Agent and Assistant Agent 4.520.00 4.267.25 252.75 Dump Custodian 858.00 832.00 26.00 Assistant Dump Custodian 354.00 288.00 66.00 Expense: Board 1,875.00 1,379.47 495.53 Town Nurse 1,210.00 1,210.00 — Medical Supplies 250.00 212.50 37.50 Laboratory Fees 500.00 500.00 — Hospitals and Sanitoriums 1,500.00 1,500.00 — School Clinics 1,000.00 847.62 152.38 Garbage 11,135.00 11,135.00 — Inspector of Animals: Salary 150.00 150.00 — Expense 30.00 13-20 16.80 Plumbing Inspectors 2,400.00 2,083.50 316.50 Mosquito Control 4,500.00 2,654.00 1,846.00 Total Health and Sanitation $38,587.00 $35,141.31 $3,445.69 HIGHWAYS Village Highways $5,630.00 $5,322.51 $307.49 Drainage 12,0.00.00 11.789.39 210.61 Chapter 81 Highways 12,400.00 — — G 17,875.00 29,911.60 363-40 THE TOWN OF ACTON 157 Chapter 90 Highways — Maintenance 2,000.00 — — G 3,000.00 5,000.00 — Snow Removal 26,000.00 — — R 5,654.69 31,654.69 — Traffic Signs and Lines 1,750.00 1,731.95 18.05 Vacations and Holidays 2,055.00 — — R 38.54 2.093.54 Sidewalk Maintenance 500.00 270.26 229.74 Highway Machinery Maintenance 6,500.00 R 1,325.00 7.782.50 42.50 Street Lighting 14.750.00 13.755.09 994.91 Chapter 90 Highways — Construction B 13,011.00 5,950.00 G 17,850.00 25,713.11 11.097.89 Article 39 — Sidewalk — Main Street 7.500.00 4,637.25 2.862.75 Article 31 — Speed Limit Signs 450.00 449-60 .40 Town Dump 4,758.00 R 367.64 4,806.94 318.70 Total Highways $161,364.87 $144,918.43 $16,446.44 CHARITIES Welfare District Administration and Welfare Board Salaries 52,675.00 $2,675.00 $ Public Assistance 65.000.00 64.596.58 403.42 General Relief and Disability Assistance B 166.44 G 1.724.26 1.132.65 758.05 Old Age Assistance B 21,901.56 G 21.259.60 L 2.739.39 14.936.56 30,96399 Aid to Dependent Children B 13,435.25 G 4.955.84 3,423-30 14,967.79 Medical Aid G 14,264.23 8.735.11 5.529-12 Total Charities $148,121.57 $95,499.20 $52,622.37 VETERANS' AID Veterans' Benefits: Aid $12,500.00 $10,674.35 $1,825.65 Agent's Salary 600.00 600.00 Agent's Expense 250.00 242.98 7.02 158 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Veterans' Services: Salary 600.00 600.00 — Expense 25.00 23.00 2.00 Total Veterans' Aid $13,975.00 $12,140.33 $1,834.67 RECREATION Wages $1,200.00 $1,067.20 S132.80 Expenses 1,000.00 467.19 532.81 Water Safety Program 600.00 600.00 Article 19 — SeeSaws 800.00 655.65 144.35 Article 20 — Relocate Playground Fence 290.00 182.50 107.50 Total Recreation $3,890.00 $2,972.54 S917.46 EDUCATION Instruction Local $261,941.00 $261,941.00 S — Regional 212,168.98 212,168.98 Textbooks and Supplies Local 14,646.00 13,339-49 1.306.51 Regional 14.986.00 14,986.00 Plant Operation Local 33,325.00 33,294.33 30.67 Regional 24.757.28 24,757.28 — Blanchard Auditorium Local 8,400.00 8,400.00 Regional 4,807.56 4.807.56 Maintenance Local 3,116.00 3,085.53 30.47 Regional 1.412.22 1,412.22 — Auxiliary Agencies Local 28,400.00 28.197.88 202.12 Regional 8,739.15 8,739.15 General Control Local 9,400.00 9,062.50 337.50 Regional 9.763.45 9,763.45 Outlay Local 1.497.00 684.53 812.47 Regional 1.393.04 1.393.0 1 — Contingency Fund Local 500.00 470.92 29. OS Regional 174.36 174.36 Other Regional Transportation 8,184.25 8,184.25 — Athletic Fund 3.333.70 3,333.70 THE TOWN OP ACTON 159 Cafeteria B 4,876.89 C 50,431.62 49,577.66 5,730.85 Vocational Tuition and Transportation .. 3.500.00 3.452.07 47.93 Elementary School — Construction B 47.766.35 7,062.15 S 39.974.8^ 729-33 School Maintenance — Federal P. L. 815 B 1.921.30 G 9,472.16 10.573.78 819.68 School Maintenance — Federal P. L. 874 B 23,277.32 G 13.684.98 11.825.86 25.136. 44 Julia McCarthy School Addition — Architect S 10,000.00 6,456.50 3,543.50 Construction S 65.000.00 — 65,000.00 S 39,974.87 Total Education S880.875.6l S737.l44.19 $103,756.55 LIBRARIES Salaries and Wages 36,045.00 S5.889-3-J S155.66 Expense 1.700.00 1.575.68 124.32 Books B 202.81 1,200.00 T 2,114.17 3.-173.28 Total Libraries SI 1.261.98 $10,938.30 $323.68 CEMETERIES Salaries and Wages S15.500.00 $14,405.30 $1,094.70 Expense 2.650.00 2,591.46 58.54 Funds: Perpetual Care B S248.ll T 1.500.00 $1,445.81 $302.30 Hosmer B 139.43 T 2. 000. 00 1,769.21 570.22 Blanchard B 3.50 T 30.00 >0.00 >.50 Wetherbee B J" 7 . 59 T 125.00 1 17.51 Raymond B 25.00 T 75.00 62.41 57.59 Whitney B 10.02 T 100.00 13.76 66.26 160 226th ANNUAL REPORT OP Knowlton B 10.56 T 25.00 14.00 21.56 Davis B 18.16 T 50.00 32.21 35.95 Watson B 13.25 T 55.00 34.74 33-51 Wells B 25.69 T 25.00 26.34 24.35 Conant T 25.00 7.65 17.35 Ames B .38 T 25.00 5.67 19.71 Hoit and Scott T 25.00 8.19 16.81 O'Neill T 28.00 3.00 25.00 Total Cemeteries $22,759.69 $20,627.26 $2,132.43 OTHER CLASSIFIED EXPENSES Town Reports $2,700.00 $2,670.86 $29.14 Workmen's Compensation 4.000.00 3,848.71 151.29 Surety Bonds 700.00 547.35 152.65 Fire Insurance — Town Buildings 3,722.38 3,722.38 Boiler and Machinery Insurance 800.00 769.39 30.61 Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance 2,500.00 R 141.24 2,641.24 — Memorial Day 800.00 777.50 22.50 Miscellaneous 1,000.00 462.98 537.02 Total Other Classified Expenses $16,363.62 $15,440.41 $923.21 PENSIONS Pension Fund $8,036.90 S8,036.90 S — Pension Fund Expense 326.00 326.00 — Military Service Fund 13.86 13.86 — Total Pensions $8,376.76 $8,376.76 $ — AMORTIZATION OF DEBT AND INTEREST REQUIREMENTS McCarthy Elementary School: Debt $15,000.00 $15,000.00 $ — Interest 3.400.00 3,400.00 — New Elementary School: Debt 45,000.00 45,000.00 — Interest 25,380.00 25,380.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON W Regional School: Debt 37,620.00 37,620.00 Interest (0,123.25 40,123.25 West Fire House: Debt Interest Anticipation of Revenue Notes: Interest Miscellaneous Interest 1,200.00 — 1.200.00 12.000.00 12.000.00 "92.00 792.00 325.00 55.91 380.91 1,200.00 — Total Amortization of Debt and Interest Requirements S180.896.l6 S179.696.16 SI. 200.00 SPECIAL ARTICLES Article 4 (1960) Town Hall Heating System SI. 800. 00 SI. 718. 16 $81.84 Article 12 (I960) Fire Alarm Extension B 1,342.00 1,293.40 (8.60 Article 1-4 (1960) Fire Alarm Num- bering System B 354.52 554.40 .12 Article 15 (I960) Building Committee — South Fire Station 2,791.00 110.21 2.680.-9 Article 2 (STM 12-12-60) Front End Loader — Highway Department B 500.00 500.00 Article 3 (STM 12-12-60) Radio— High- way Article Department Truck B 5 38.00 5 38.00 5 — Stabilization Fund -.000.00 -.000.00 — Article 6 — Fire Truck 18.000.00 1 -.985.00 15.00 Article - — Fire Chief Car .... 1.800.00 1.799. HI .19 Article 9 — Drainage Study .... 3.700.00 — 5,700.00 Article 1 1 — Office Furniture 200.00 l 59.46 60.54 Article 12 — Office Equipment 300.00 255.08 (4.92 Article 1 3 — Personnel By-Law Study .... 1.000.00 1.000.00 — Article 14 — Civil Defense — — Transmitter R, ^ceiver 595.00 595.00 Article 15 — Painting Library 16 — Library Furniture 17 — South Fire Static 150.00 100.00 50.00 Article 950 00 B76 16 73.84 Article >n - — Con- 10. 000. 00 60.000.00 82.157.7 i D • 262 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Article 23 — Records — Registry of Deeds : 2,000.00 1,774.85 225.15 Article 25 — Check Protector — Treasurer 310.00 272.50 37.50 Article 26 — Hand Power Mowers 200.00 200.00 — Article 28 — Town Hall Clock 750.00 — 750.00 Article 29 — Martin Street — Culvert and Bridge 2,500.00 — 2,500.00 Article 32 — Highway Dept. Truck 5.840.00 5,840.00 — Article 36 — Industrial Development Commission 500.00 222.95 277.05 Article 44 — Fire Alarm Extension — Robbins Park 2,900.00 — 2,900.00 Article 45 — Fire Alarm Extension — Ethan Allen Drive 400.00 — 400.00 Article 46 — Fire Alarm Extension — Oakwood and Pinewood Roads 600.00 — 600.00 Article 2 (STM 7-17-61) Air Compres- sor—West Station 750.00 737.55 12.45 Group Insurance and Blue Cross E 5,000.00 1,727.64 3,272.36 Total Special Articles Not Classified $165,870.52 $130,297.91 S35.572.6l A 57.99 S 39,974.87 Total of All Departmental Items $1,844,230.81 Si, 577. 727. 34 $226,470.61 AGENCY AND TRUST Agency : State Audit of Municipal Accounts .... $1,046.65 State Parks and Reservations 3,300.63 Middlesex County Tax 18,781.06 Middlesex County Hospital Assessment 4,350.06 Middlesex County Dog Licenses 2,084.50 Federal Withholding Taxes 65,373.70 State Withholding Taxes 6,335.04 Massachusetts Hospital Service 6,709.68 Middlesex County Retirement Associa- tion 10,056.86 Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Fund 13,102.44 Acton Teachers' Insurance 701.50 Acton Employee Life Insurance 236.64 Trust: Charity 1,400.00 Cemeteries 2.900.00 Firemen's Relief Fund 290.00 Trust Fund Income 12,297.91 THE TOWN OF ACTON Refunds: Taxes Board of Health Unclaimed Checks Guarantee Deposits Anticipation of Revenue Note South Fire House Note Issue Expense .... Bond Forfeiture — Construction Develop- ment Corn Total Agency and Trust Grand Total of all Cash Disbursements Treasurer's Report — Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1961 Less — Checks Canceled Net Pavments. as above 163 12.9" 45.00 8.00 900.00 75,000.00 ] 59.80 1,500.00 $239,553.94 $1,817,281.28 $1. 817.604. 53 323.25 $1,817,281.28 KEY TO ALPHABETICAL DESIGNATIONS A — Audit adjustments B — Balance from previous year C — Cash receipts D — Debt Increase E — Employee Fringe Benefits — Certification under Section 3 of Chapter 52B G — ■ Grants from Federal, State and County funds I — Inter-department service transfers L — Lien Recoveries from Welfare cases R — Reserve Fund transfers S — Transfer authorized at December 18. 1961 Special Town Meeting T — Trust Fund transfers 164 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF ASSESSORS REPORT— 1961 Taxes Assessed as follows: Building, execlusive of land $10,820,885.00 Land 1,260,575.00 Personal 829,455.00 Total Valuation $12,910,915.00 Valuation — January 1, I960 511,542,975.00 Increase in Valuation 1,367,940.00 Rate of Taxation — $76.00 per $1,000 Real Estate $918,190.96 Personal Estate 63,038.58 Polls 4,182.00 Total Taxes Assessed $985,411.54 Amount of Money Raised: State Parks and Reservations $4,108.71 State Audit of Municipal Accounts 1,046.65 County Tax 22,190.46 Tuberculosis Hospital Assessment 4,350.06 Town Grant 921,512.82 Overlay 32,202.84 $985,411.54 Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: Number of Vehicles Assessed — 4,128 Commissioner's Value of Motor Vehicles and Trailers $2,526,820.00 Rate of Excise — $66.00 Total Excise 160,544.81 Added Excise of I960 32,603.71 Number of Vehicles Added Excise — 1,136 Value of Vehicles Added Excise .. $1,021,860.00 Respectfully submitted, ALBERT P. DURKEE, CARL FLINT, JAMES W. BAKER, Board of Assessors. THE TOWN OF ACTON 165 TOWN COLLECTORS REPORT To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: I herewith submit my report for the year 1961. Personal Property Taxes — 1956 Outstanding January 1, 1961 S272.00 Payments to Treasurer $100.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 172.00 S272.00 Real Estate Taxes — 1956 Outstanding January 1, 1961 S6.80 Transferred to Tax Titles S6.80 Personal Property Taxes — 1957 Outstanding January 1, 1961 S324.00 Payments to Treasurer $36.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 288.00 $324.00 Real Estate Taxes— 1957 Outstanding January 1, 1961 SIJ.js.SJ Payments to Treasurer 1961 SI, 588. 42 Transferred to Tax Titles 1961 154.80 $1,743.22 Poll Taxes— 1958 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $6.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 $6.00 Personal Property Taxes — 1958 Outstanding January 1, 1 96 1 $1,099-80 Payments to Treasurer $5 L60 Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,045.20 $1,099.80 166 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Real Estate Taxes — 1958 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $3,724.47 Payments to Treasurer $3,461.22 Abatements 31.20 Transferred to Tax Titles 212. 55 Outstanding December 31, 1961 19.50 $3,724.47 Poll Taxes — 1959 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $16.00 Payments to Treasurer $2.00 Abatements 4.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 10.00 $16.00 Personal Property Taxes — 1959 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $1,027.50 Payments to Treasurer $22.50 Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,005.00 $1,027.50 Real Estate Taxes — 1959 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $11,591.33 Refunds 375.00 $11,966.33 Payments to Treasurer $10,401.95 Abatements 30.00 Transferred to Tax Titles 204.38 Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,330.00 $11,966.33 Poll Taxes — I960 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $228.00 Refunds 4.00 $232.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 167 Payments to Treasurer $144.00 Abatements 42.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 46.00 $232.00 Personal Property Taxes — I960 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $2,319.40 Payments to Treasurer SI, 225. 50 Outstanding December 31, 1961 1,093.90 S2, 319.40 Real Estate Taxes — I960 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $36,665.71 Refunds 152.00 $36,817.71 Payments to Treasurer $23, 004.58 Abatements 152.00 Transferred to Tax Titles 207.10 Outstanding December 31, 1961 13,454.03 $36,817.71 Poll Taxes— 1961 Commitment, per warrant $4,182.00 Refunds 10.00 $4,192.00 Payments to Treasurer $3,506.00 Abatements 1 26.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 260.00 $4,192.00 Personal Property Taxes — 1961 Commitment, per warrant $63,038.58 Payments to Treasurer S59.9S7.1S Abatements L71.00 Outstanding December 31, 1961 2,880.40 $63,038.58 168 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Real Estate Taxes — 1961 Commitment, per warrant $918,282.16 Refunds 4,620.80 $922,902.96 Payments to Treasurer $863,732.65 Abatements 19,034.20 Transferred to Tax Titles 207.10 Outstanding December 31, 1961 39,929.01 $922,902.96 Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1958 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $274.14 Payments to Treasurer $12.05 Abatements 36.15 Outstanding December 31, 1961 225.94 $274.14 Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1959 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $1,124.77 Refunds 2.81 $1,127.58 Payments to Treasurer $409.32 Abatements 286.19 Outstanding December 31, 1961 432.07 $1,127.58 Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — I960 Ontstanding January 1, 1961 $24,461.10 Commitment, per warrants 32,603.71 Refunds 3,123.81 $60,188.62 Payments to Treasurer $50,449.07 Abatements 6,494.03 Outstanding December 31, 1961 3,245.52 $60,188.62 THE TOWN OF ACTON ]b9 Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise — 1961 Commitment, per warrants $160,544.81 Refunds 4,686.05 Overpayments to be Refunded 177.92 $165,408.78 Payments to Treasurer $133,892.79 Abatements 9,762.45 Outstanding December 31, 1961 21,753.54 S165.408.78 Farm Animal Excise — 1961 Commitment 1961, per warrant $200.12 Payments to Treasurer 1961 $200.12 Street Assessments Added to Taxes — 1957 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $58.52 Payments to Treasurer 1961 S58.52 Street Assessments Added to Taxes — 1961 Commitment 1961, per warrant S700.84 Payments to Treasurer 1961 $700.84 Committed Interest — 1957 Outstanding January 1, 1961 $26.08 Payments to Treasurer 1961 S26.08 Committed Interest — 1961 Commitment 1961, per warrant S168.19 Payments to Treasurer 1961 $168.19 Respectfully submitted, WM. HENRY SOAR. Town Collector. V70 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF STATE AUDITOR'S REPORT THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Department of Corporations and Taxation Bureau of Accounts State House, Boston 33 March 10, 1961 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Mr. Charles D. MacPherson, Chairman Acton, Massachusetts Gentlemen : I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and accounts of the town of Acton for the fiscal year I960, made in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the form of a report made to me by Mr. William Schwartz, Assistant Director of Accounts. Very truly yours, HERMAN B. DINE, Director of Accounts. HBD:MDG Mr. Herman B. Dine Director of Accounts Department of Corporations and Taxation State House, Boston Sir: In accordance with your instructions, I have made an audit of the books and accounts of the town of Acton for the fiscal year I960, and report thereon as follows: The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the several departments receiving or disbursing money for the town or committing bills for collection, were examined, checked, and compared with the records of the town accountant and the town treasurer. THE TOWN OF ACTON 171 The books and accounts of the town accountant were examined and checked in detail. The recorded receipts were compared with the treasurer's books and with the records in the several departments collect- ing money for the town, while the recorded disbursements were checked with the treasury warrants and with the payments as shown by the treasurer's books. The appropriations were checked with the town clerk's records of town meeting votes, while the transfers from the reserve- fund were checked with the financial committee's authorizations. The general and appropriation ledger accounts were analyzed, a trial balance was taken off, and a balance sheet, showing the financial condition of the town on December 31, I960, was prepared and is appended to this report. The books and accounts of the town treasurer were examined and checked. The recorded receipts were analyzed and compared with the town accountant's books, with the records in the several departments collecting money for the town, and with other sources from which money was paid into the town treasury, while the payments were compared with the treasury warrants approved by the selectmen and with the town accountant's books. The cash book was footed, and the cash balance on January 21, 1961 was proved by reconciliation of the bank balances with statements fur- nished by the depositories and by verification of the deposits in transit. The recorded payments on account of maturing debt and interest were verified by comparison with the amounts falling due and checked with the cancelled securities and coupons on file. The outstanding coupons were listed, and the bond and coupon account was reconciled with a statement furnished by the bank of deposit. The savings bank books and securities representing the investments of the trust and investment funds in the custody of the town treasurer and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund were examined and listed. The income was proved, and all transactions and balances were verified. The records of payroll deductions for Federal and State taxes. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, teachers' and county retirement systems, and group insurance were examined and checked with the treasurer's books And with the town accountant's ledger. The payments to the proper agencies were 172 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF verified, and the balances on January 21, 1961 were reconciled with the controlling accounts in the town accountant's ledger. The records of tax titles and tax possessions held by the town were examined, listed, and proved with the town accountant's ledger, and further verified by comparison with the records at the Registry of Deeds. The books and accounts of the tax collector were examined and checked. The taxes, excise, and assessments, outstanding at the time of the previous audit, as well as all subsequent commitment lists, were checked and proved. The recorded collections were compared with the payments to the treasurer, the recorded abatements were checked with the assessors' records of abatements granted, and the outstanding accounts were listed and reconciled with the respective controlling accounts in the town accountant's ledger. Further verification of the outstanding accounts was made by mailing notices to a number of persons whose names appeared on the books as owing money to the town, the replies received thereto indicating that the accounts, as listed, are correct. The financial records of the town clerk were examined. The records of receipts on account of dog and sporting licenses, and from miscel- laneous charges and fees were checked, the payments to the State and to the town being checked with the receipts on file and with the town treasurer's books. The surety bonds of the town officials required by law to furnish such surety were examined and found to be in proper form. The records of departmental cash collections of the board of select- men and the sealer of weights and measures, as well as of the police, fire, health, school, library, and cemetery departments, and of all other departments in which money was collected for the town or bills committed for collection, were examined and checked. The recorded receipts were verified, and the payments to the treasurer were compared with the records of the town treasurer and the town accountant. In addition to the balance sheet, there are appended to this report tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's cash, summaries of the tax, excise, assessment, tax title, tax possession, and departmental accounts, together with schedules showing the condition and transactions of the trust and investment funds. THE TOWN OF ACTON 173 During the progress of the audit cooperation was received from all town officials, for which, on behalf of my assistants and for myself, I wish to express appreciation. Respectfully submitted, WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, Assistant Director of Accounts. WS:MDG 174 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF TOWN OF ACTON GENERAL ASSETS Cash: General $391,694.37 Advances for Petty: School General $20.00 50.00 School Lunch Program 70.00 Accounts Receivable: Taxes : Levy of 1956: Personal Property Real Estate $272.00 6.80 Levy of 1957: Personal Property Real Estate 324.00 1,743.22 Levy of 1958: Poll Personal Property Real Estate 6.00 1,099.80 3,724.47 Levy of 1959: Poll Personal Property Real Estate 16.00 1,027.50 111,591.33 Levy of I960: Poll Personal Property Real Estate 228.00 2,319.40 36,665.71 $59,024.23 Motor Vehicles and Trailer Excise: Levy of 1958 Levy of 1959 Levy of 1960 $274.14 1,124.77 24,461.10 $25,860.01 Special Assessments: Street: Added to Taxes 1957 $58.52 Committed Interest: Levy of 1957 26.08 $84.60 THE TOWN OF ACTON 175 Balance Sheet — December 31, 1960 ACCOUNTS LIABILITIES AND RESERVES Payroll Deductions: Federal Taxes $230.15 State Taxes 1.653.65 County Retirement System 825.48 Teachers' Retirement System 24.75 Blue Cross and Blue Shield 424.60 Guarantee Deposits: Board of Appeals $7.26 Planning Board 50.73 Agency : County — Dog Licenses Tailings: Unclaimed Checks Cemetery Trust Fund Income: Perpetual Care S248.ll J. Roland Wetherbee 27.59 Georgia E. Whitney 10.02 Luke Blanchard 3.50 Susan Noyes Hosmer 139.43 Henry L. Raymond Care 25.00 Dr. Robert I. Davis 18.16 Frank R. Knowlton 10.56 George T. Ames .38 Sarah A. Watson 13.25 Carrie F. Wells 25.69 Recoveries: Old Age Assistance Federal Grants: Disability Assistance: Administration Assistance 1 66. ) i Aid to Dependent Children: Administration 4 J.9 * Aid 13 135.25 Old Age Assistance: Administration 291.80 Assistance 21,901.56 $3,158.63 $57.99 55.00 287.76 $521.69 6.649.00 176 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Tax Titles and Possessions: Tax Titles Tax Possessions $234.83 367.73 Departmental : Planning Board $78.00 891.64 1,013.45 1,090.72 134.80 333.00 $602.56 Highway Aid to Dependent Children .... Old Age Assistance School Cemetery Aid to Highways: State County $23,977.13 7,427.13 $3,541.61 Underestimates, I960 Assessments: State Parks and Reservations .... County Tax $540.32 1,197.37 $31,404.26 $1,737.69 $514,019.33 THE TOWN OF ACTON V77 School — Public Law No. 81—815 1,921.30 School — Public Law No. 81 — 87 1 23,277.32 $61,059.98 Revolving Funds: School Lunch 1,876.89 Appropriation Balances: Revenue: General $33,158.81 Non-Revenue: Fire Station 733.06 School Construction -il, 766.35 $81,658.22 Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund 1.080.35 Receipts Reserved for Appropriations: Road Machinery 18.317.06 Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus 9,224.29 Overlays Reserved for Abatements: Levy of 1956 $278.80 Levy of 1957 2.067.22 Levy of 1958 4,830.2" Levy of 1959 4,833.93 Levy of I960 14,404.61 $26, 114.83 Revenue Reserved Until Collected: Motor Vehicle aand Trailer Excise $25,860.01 Special Assessments 84.60 Tax Title and Possession 602.56 Departmental 3.541.61 Aid to Highway 31,40-1.26 $61,4 Reserve tor Petty Cash Advance "0.00 Surpius Revenue 236,094.60 $514,019.33 178 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS Apportioned Assessments Not Due: Street $4,204.55 $4,204.55 DEBT ACCOUNTS Net Funded or Fixed Debt: Inside Debt Limit: General $269,000.00 Outside Debt Limit: General 630,000.00 $899,000.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 179 Apportioned Street Due in 1961 1962 DEFERRED REVENUE ACCOUNTS Assessment Revenue: 10.84 "00.81 1963 700.84 196) 700.84 1965 700.84 1966 700.35 $4,204.55 DEBT ACCOUNTS Serial Loans: Inside Debt Limit: Fire Station S24,000.00 Elementary School 245.000.00 S269.000.00 Outside Debt Limit: Elementary School 630,000.00 $899,000.00 1_80 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF TRUST AND INVESTMENT FUNDS Trust and Investment Funds: Cash and Securities: In Custody of Treasurer $369,321. 28 In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 $372,786.82 THE TOWN OF ACTON 18T_ TRUST AND INVESTMENT FUNDS In Custody of Treasurer: Welfare Funds: Betsey M. Ball SM, 718.98 Elizabeth White 26,800.59 Georgia E. Whitney 14,588.29 Varnum Tuttle Memorial 10.246.56 School Funds: Charlotte Conant 4,411.95 Georgia E. Whitney Memorial 15,369-84 Library Funds: Wilde Memorial 32,462.22 Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 9,624.06 West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 1.010.90 Cemetery Funds: Perpetual Care 99,141.03 Hoit and Scott 677.30 J. Roland Wetherbee 12,286.62 Georgia E. Whitney 1.829.12 Luke Blanchard 2,440.81 Frank C. Hayward 1,392.07 Susan Noyes Hosmer 95,464.31 Henry L. Raymond Care 2,432.29 Henry L. Raymond Monument 1,040.27 Dr. Robert I. Davis 1.092.57 Frank R. Knowlton 1,111.92 George T. Ames 488.90 Mrs. Harry O'Neil 403-12 Sarah A. Watson 2,666.01 Carrie F. Wells 3,150.57 A. B. Conant Family 1,021.67 Investment Fund: Stabilization 14,449.31 $369,321.28 In Custody of Trustees: Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 $372,786.82 182 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF TREASURER'S REPORT For the Year Ending December 31, 1961 To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: Acton, Massachusetts I herewith submit my report for the year 1961 : Cash Balance January 1, 1961 $391,694.37 Received from State Treasurer Disability Assistance #4,820.78 Disability Assistance — Federal 1,729.10 Aid Dependent Children — Federal 4,964.09 Veterans' Service 5,912.14 Highways — Chapter 90 12,454.03 Loss on Taxes 2,563.77 Old Age Assistance 13,971.49 Old Age Assistance — Federal 21,332.11 Medical Aid for Aged 12,690.82 Medical Aid Aged — Federal 12,240.91 Military Service 2.52 Snow Removal 320.40 Highways — Chapter 81 18,907.90 Corporation Taxes 32,763.87 School Aid — Chapter 70 87,175.51 Licenses 44.00 Aid Dependent Children 1,878.66 Income Tax 36,278.23 Meal Taxes 2,766.36 Transportation — Pupils 10,256.07 Public Health 65.71 School Construction — Elementary 20,875.00 School Construction — McCarthy 5,567.89 Vocational Education 543.98 $310,125.34 Received from County Treasurer Highways $8,735.27 Dog Licenses 1,289.24 $10,024.51 THE TOWN OF ACTON m_ Received from Town Clerk Sporting License Fees $111.80 Dog Licenses Fees 152.00 Certificates — Vital Statistics 302.10 Mortgage Fees 557.00 Pole Locations 199.50 Dog Licenses 2,136.75 Cemetery Deeds — Recording 36.00 Business Certificates 20.50 Storage Registrations 75.00 Street Listings 94.00 Received from Town Collector Poll — I960 $144.00 Personal Property — I960 1,225.50 Real Estate — I960 23,004.58 Motor Vehicle Excise — I960 50,449.07 Real Estate — 1959 10,401.95 Motor Vehicle Excise — 1959 409.32 Real Estate — 1958 3,461.22 Real Estate — 1957 1,588.42 Poll — 1959 2.00 Personal Property — 1959 22.50 Personal Property — 1957 36.00 Personal Property — 1956 100.00 Farm Animal Excise — 1961 200.12 Poll — 1961 3,506.00 Personal Property — 1958 54.60 Motor Vehicle Excise— 1958 12.05 Betterment Assessment — 1957 58.52 Committed Interest — 1957 26.08 Motor Vehicle Excise — 1961 133,892.79 Personal Property — 1961 59,987.18 Real Estate — 1961 863,732.65 Betterment Assessment — 1961 700.8 4 Committed Interest — 196I 168.19 Tuition — Schools — Others - [2.03 Lien Certificates 792.00 Planning Board 28.00 Interest — on Taxes 2,487.02 Care Cemetery Lots — 1959 6.50 Care Cemetery Lots — I960 ^28.00 $3,684.65 184 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Boston & Maine R. R. Co. Blanchard Auditorium 141.75 40.00 $1,157,748.88 Miscellaneous Receipts EMPLOYEE S — PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS Blue Cross - Blue Shield $5,794.54 State Withholding Taxes 6,627.99 County Retirement 10,113.46 Federal Withholding Taxes 72,220.15 Teacher's Insurance 701.50 Teacher's Retirement 13,102.44 Group Insurance 239.36 Machinery Account SCHOOL DEPARTMENTS Lunch Account $50,431.62 J. L. McCarthy — Cafeteria 88.00 Blanchard Auditorium 5,814.92 Blanchard Hall 50.00 Treasurer United States — Federal 23,157.14 BOARD OF SELECTMEN Licenses $807.00 Miscellaneous 225.50 Building Permits 5,439.50 Wiring Permits 2,305.75 License — I960 1.00 SUPERINTENDENT — CEMETERIES Burials $2,140.00 Lowering Device 147.00 Sale of Lots 1,000.00 Chapel Fees 140.00 Miscellaneous 98.00 Liner Installations 50.00 Foundations 313.65 $108,799.44 6,703.55 $79,541.68 $8,778.75 $3,888.65 THE TOWN OF ACTON 185 CHIEF OF POLICE Pistol Permits $112.00 51.25 30.00 Bicycle Registrations Dealer Permits CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT Rentals — Fire Stations S180.00 100.50 13.50 $193.2*) Permits — Various Damages — Fire Alarm BOARD OF HEALTH Licenses S46.00 Nurse Services 869.00 Plumbing Permits 2,083.50 Sewage Permits 3,150.00 Dental Clinic 13.00 Miscellaneous 4.00 WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY Library Fines Notar's Market — License 750.00 Village Package Store — License 750.00 Board of Appeals — Hearings 96.00 Emerson Hospital — General Relief 15.00 Town of Belmont — Old Age Assistance .... 21.40 Roland Livcrmore — Hall Rental 575.00 South Acton Fire Co., — Blue Cross 985.05 Hodson Fire Equipment — Fire Alarm 48.60 Recipients — Disability Assistance 32.20 Concord District Court — Fines 458.25 Recipients — Old Age Assistance 104.85 Town of Sudbury — Veterans' Services 29.25 Sheldon Express — Highway 2.45 Auto Machine Service — Machinery A/c .... 29. 16 L. & M. Auto Service — Machinery A/c 38.25 Town of Boxborough — Tuition _: >.1P Central District Court — Aid Children 268.95 City of Cambridge — Old Age Assistance .. 564.87 Town of Wellesley — Old Age Assistance .. [0M Town of Weston — Old Age Assistance .... 213.18 $294.00 $6,165.50 882.0. 186 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Recipients — General Relief 143.70 American City — Village Account 4.00 Planning Board — Hearings 125.00 George K. Hayward — Sealer Weights 163.65 Recipients — Medical Aid Aged 15.00 Fullonton & Decker — Guaranty Deposit .. 200.00 Town of Townsend — Old Age Assistance 11.72 Town of Concord — Old Age Assistance 152.14 Town of Concord — Land Tax 29.91 Eastern Farmer's Exchange — Highway .24 South Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 90.00 Center Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 90.00 West Fire Co. — Firemen's Relief Fund .... 95.00 Treasury Notes — Earned Income 1,179.14 Emerson Hospital — Old Age Assistance .... 17.50 City of Maiden — Old Age Assistance 301.02 Middlesex House Correction — Fines 10.00 Middlesex County Bank — Note 352 75,000.00 Middlesex County Bank — Accrued Interest 9.96 Town of Maynard — Old Age Assistance .. 8.66 Union Nat'l Bank — Notes — Fire Station 60,000.00 Union Nat'l Bank — Premium 180.00 Union Nat'l Bank — Accrued Interest 25.00 International Harvester — Highways 25.72 Lawrence Nichols — Guaranty Deposit 200.00 John E. Finigan — Guaranty Deposit 750.00 School Department — Telephone Tolls 59.00 School Department — Miscellaneous 8.00 Carl W. Flint — Sale Dogs 21.00 Recipient — Elizabeth White Fund 50.00 Construction and Development Corporation — Bond — Streets 1,500.00 $145,561.56 Perpetual Care — Woodlawn Cemetery Mildred Fraser :... $100.00 George Nold .......: 200.00 Estate Ida Harris 150.00 George A. Wilkes 100.00 John Anderson 200.00 Estate Esther Spicer 100.00 Margaret Hickey 100.00 Lottie M. Dagenias 200.00 Linda F. Hamlin.. 200.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON U37 Norman Venstra 200.00 Ann T. Staples 100.00 Francis Morris 100.00 Estate Pearl Livermore 250.00 Symonds and Tuttle 400.00 Estate David Morrison 200.00 Perpetual Care — Mt. Hope Cemetery John B. Byers S200.00 Helen Tolman 200.00 Harry E. Holt 100.00 Transfers to Town Account Elizabeth White Fund S825.00 Cemetery Fund 1,500.00 Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 2,000.00 Harry O'Neil's Fund 28.00 J. Roland Wetherbee Fund 125.00 Stabilization Fund 19,784.81 Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 30.00 Memorial Library — Tainter Fund 1,714.17 Memorial Library Fund 400.00 Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 100.00 Sarah Watson Fund 75.00 Georgia E. Whitney Fund 525.00 Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund 25.00 A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund 25.00 Carrie Wells Fund 25.00 George T. Ames Fund 25.00 Henry S. Raymond Fund 75.00 Hoit and Scott Fund 25.00 Robert Davis Cemetery Fund 50.00 Trust Fund Income Acton High School Library Fund $146.26 Betsey M. Ball Fund 380.52 Cemetery Fund 3,128.74 A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund $7.50 S2,600.00 S 500.00 f27,356.9fl m 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Elizabeth White Fund Georgia E. Whitney Fund Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund Frank C. Hayward Fund Hoit and Scott Fund Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund ... Varnum Tuttle Fund J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund ... Sarah A. Watson Cemetery Fund Stabilization Fund Memorial Library Fund Memorial Library — Tainter Fund Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund Acton Firemen's Relief Fund George T. Ames Fund Harry O'Neil's Fund Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund Carrie E. Wells Cemetery Fund Robert A. Davis Cemetery Fund Frank Knowlton Cemetery Fund Luke Blanchard Monument Fund Luke Blanchard Memorial Fund Total Receipts for year 1961 Cash Balance January 1, 1961 Paid Selectmen's Orders for 1961 Cash Balance December 31, 1961 983.21 523.37 58.12 37.50 10.94 20.12 101.94 3,147.99 375.00 365.65 96.88 433.81 675.32 501.89 562.50 266.74 16.28 13.02 29.69 112.50 40.00 38.75 3.65 5.02 $12,112.91 1 fcl, 884,971. 93 391,694.37 < £2,276,666.30 < £1,817,604.53 $459,051.51 OUTSTANDING NOTES AND BONDS Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, General Laws 46 to 90 due 1962 to 1970, Julia L. McCarthy School $45,000.00 Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 645, Acts of 1948, 91 to 200 due 1962 to 1972, Julia L. McCarthy School $110,000.00 THE TOWN OF ACTON 189 Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 44, Section 7, Clause 3, 61 to 240, due 1962 to 1977, New School S180.000.00 Elementary School Bonds, Chapter 645, Acts of 1948, 121 to 600 due 1962 to 1977, New School S480,000.0() Eire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General Laws, 338 to 349, due 1962 512,000.00 Fire Station Notes, Chapter 44, General Laws, 353 to 412, due 1962 to 1966 .... $60,000.00 Acton High School Library Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $4,000.00 Income Balance 411.95 $4,411.95 Received Interest for 1961 161.81 $4,573.76 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $4, 573.76 Acton Firemen's Relief Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $7,090.00 Income Balance 2,534.06 S9.62j.00 Received to Fund in 1961 Company Salaries S275.00 Interest 363.49 $10,262.55 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $10,262.55 190 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF George T. Ames Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $465.49 Income Balance 23.41 $488.90 Received Interest for 1961 17.12 $506.02 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $481.02 Transfer to Town Account 25.00 $506.02 Betsey M. Ball Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $10,095.26 Income Balance 3,623.72 $13,718.98 Received Interest for 1961 517.02 $14,236.00 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $14,236.00 Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $81,972.21 Income Balance 17,168.82 $99,141.03 Received for Perpetual Care $3,100.00 Received Interest for 1961 3,725.34 6,825.3-4 $105,966.37 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $102,763.87 U. S. Savings Bonds 1.700.00 Cash on Hand 2.50 Transfers to Town Account 1,500.00 $105,966.3" THE TOWN OF ACTON 191_ A. B. Conant Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $1,000.00 Income Balance 21.67 SI, 021.67 Received Interest for 1961 38.39 $1,060.06 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 035. 06 Transfer to Town Account 25.00 SI, 060. 06 Dr. Robert I. Davis Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $1,000.00 Income Balance 92.57 $1,092.57 Received Interest for 1961 43-99 Si. 136.56 Balance December 31. 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 086. 56 Transfer to Town Account 50.00 Elizabeth White Fund SI, 136.56 Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $25,000.00 Income Balance 1,800.59 $26,800.59 Received Interest for 1961 1,077.45 Balance December 31. 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks Cash on Hand 50.00 Paid Trustee's Orders for 1961 5.00 - 7,878.04 292 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Georgia E. Whitney Memorial Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $15,000.00 Income Balance 369.84 $15,369.84 Received Interest for 1961 578.21 $15,948.05 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $15,948.05 Georgia E. Whitney Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $14,073.70 Income Balance 514.59 514,588.29 Received Interest for 1961 545.34 $15,133.63 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks Sl4,608.63 Paid Trustee's Orders for 1961 525.00 $15,133.63 Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $1,500.00 Income Balance 329.12 SI, 829.12 Received Interest for 1961 70.65 $1,899.77 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks SI, 799. 77 Transfer to Town Account 100.00 $1,899.77 THE TOWN OF ACTON 193 Frank C. Hayward Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund SI, 000. 00 Income Balance 392.07 $1,392.07 Received Interest for 1961 52.45 SI, 444. 52 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $1,444.52 Hoit and Scott Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund S500.00 Income Balance 177.30 $677.30 Received Interest for 1961 17.56 $694.86 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks S669.86 Transfer to Town Account 25.00 $6< Mrs. Harry O'Neil's Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $372.39 Income Balance 30.73 I 03.12 Received Interest for 1961 L4.09 Sir. 21 Balance December 31. 1 96 1 Deposits in Savings Banks $389.21 Transfer to Town Account $417.21 194 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Frank R. Knowlton Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $1,000.00 Income Balance 111.92 $1,111.92 Received Interest for 1961 43.36 $1,155.28 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $1,130.28 Transfer to Town Account 25.00 $1,155.28 Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $2,381.45 Income Balance 59.36 — $2,440.81 Received Interest for 1961 93.21 $2,534.02 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $2,504.02 Transfer to Town Account 30.00 $2,534.02 Henry S. Raymond Fund Monument Perpetual Care Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $700.00 Income Balance 340.27 $1,040.27 Received Interest for 1961 33.64 $1,073.91 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $1,073.91 THE TOWN OF ACTON 195 Henry S. Raymond Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $2,000.00 Income Balance 432.29 $2,432.29 Received Interest for 1961 101. 94 $2,534.23 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks S2, 459.23 Transfer to Town Account 75.00 52,534.23 Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $82,238.95 Income Balance 13,225.36 $95,464.31 Received Interest for 1961 3.657.97 $99,122.28 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $97,122.28 Transfer to Town Account 2,000.00 599.122.28 Varnum Tuttle Memorial Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $10,000.00 Income Balance 246.56 $10,246 Received Interest for 1961 >85. I? $10,63 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $10,63 196 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $10,000.00 Income Balance 2,286.62 $12,286.62 Received Interest for 1961 453.22 $12,739-84 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $12, 614.84 Transfer to Town Account 125.00 $12,739.84 Wilde Memorial Library Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $31,890.21 Income Balance 572.01 $32,462.22 Received Interest for 1961 1,212.38 $33,674.60 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks 330,560.43 West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 Transfer to Town Account 2,114.17 $33,674.60 Sarah A. Watson Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $2,500.00 Income Balance 166.01 $2,666.01 Received Interest for 1961 104.10 $2,770.11 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $2,715.11 Transfer to Town Account 55.00 $2,770.11 THE TOWN OF ACTON 197 West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $1,010.90 Received Interest for 1961 38.23 $1,049.13 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Bank SI, 049. 13 Stabilization Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $13,000.00 Income Balance 1,449.31 $14,449.31 Received Interest for 1961 $494.05 Article 5 — Town Meeting 7,000.00 57,-494.05 $21,943.36 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $2,158.^5 Transfer to Town Account 19,784.81 $21,943.36 Carrie Wells Cemetery Fund Balance January 1, 1961 Principal Fund $3,000.00 Income Balance 150.57 . $3,150.57 Received Interest for 1961 118.02 168.59 Balance December 31, 1961 Deposits in Savings Banks $3,243.59 Transfer to Town Account 25.00 68.59 Respectfully submitted, WM. HENRY SOAR. Town Treasun r. SECTION F Town Officers and Appointments 199 Jury List 207 Federal and State Officers 209 THE TOWN OF ACTON 199 TOWN OFFICERS Moderator James Edward Kinsley Selectmen Lawrence Donnelly Term Expires 1962 Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 1963 Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 1964 Town Clerk Town Treasurer Charles M. MacRae Wm. Henry Soar Assessors Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1962 James W. Baker Term Expires 1963 Carl C Flint Term Expires 1964 Town Collector Tree Warden Wm. Henry Soar Franklin H. Charter Board of Public Welfare Clinton S. Curtis Term Expires 1962 Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1963 Raymond A. Gallant Term Expires 1964 Cemetery Commissioners Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1962 Harlan E. Tuttle Term Expires 1963 Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1961 Constables Edward J. Collins, Jr. T. Frederick S. Kennedy Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr. David W. Scribncr Trustees of Memorial Library- Florence W. Durkee Term Expires 1962 Richard A. Bodge Term Expires L963 Roland R. MacLean Term Expires 1964 200 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Local and Regional School Committees Evelyn N. MacLean Term Expires 1962 Thomas E. Wetherbee Term Expires 1962 Elizabeth H. Boardman Term Expires 1963 Edmond J. McNiff Term Expires 1963 Edward Richter Term Expires 1964 Lloyd E. Williamson Term Expires 1964 Board of Health Robert C. Heustis Term Expires 1962 Martin J. Duggan Term Expires 1963 Donnell W. Boardman Term Expires 1964 Planning Board John H. Loring Term Expires 1962 David P. Tinker Term Expires 1963 William M. Veazey Term Expires 1964 Donald E. Donnelly Term Expires 1965 Charles Judd Farley Term Expires 1966 Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund Hazel P. Vose Term Expires 1962 Eleanor P. Wilson Term Expires 1963 Helen B. Wood Term Expires 1964 Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1962 H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1963 James B. Wilson Term Expires 1964 Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1962 Clarence Frost Term Expires 1963 Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1964 Trustees of Goodnow Fund James N. Gates Term Expires 1962 Clark C. McElvein Term Expires 1963 Thelma L. Boatman Term Expires 1964 THE TOWN OF ACTON 2M APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1961 Executive Clerk Virginia Milbery Finance Committee Carl R. Godfrey Term Expires 1962 Walter B. Newsham Term Expires 1962 Thomas N. Rogers Term Expires 1963 *Edward B. Apel Term Expires 1963 **James K. Skilling James R. Brown Term Expires 1964 Mary K. Hadley Term Expires 1964 * Resigned ** Appointed to replace * Board of Appeals Craig E. Lundberg Term Expires 1962 William C. Sawyer Term Expires 1963 Hayward S. Houghton Term Expires 1964 Associates Herschel N. Hadley Term Expires 1963 Harold F. Nordberg Term Expires 196 ! Superintendent of Streets Allen H. Nelson Registrars of Voters James B. Wilson Term Expires 1962 Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1963 Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1964 Charles M. MacRae Ex-Ofncio Town Accountant Donald O. Nylander Term Expires 1962 Chief of Fire Department (Permanent) H. Stuart MacGregor 202 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Town Forest Committee Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1962 Franklin H. Charter Term Expires 1963 Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1964 Election Officers Precinct I Warden — Irene F. McLaughlin Clerk — Inga Frost Inspectors — Alice H. May, Alice C. Duren Deputy Warden — John F. McLaughlin Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Edwards Deputy Inspectors — Adelaide G. Cornwall, Marion E. Stevens Tellers — Edna R. Custance, Paul C. Cornwall, Walter Warren Dis- tance, Katharine M. Condon, Helen C. McNiff, Gladys Duston Precinct II Warden — Margaret Larsen Clerk — Bertha Carr Tucker Inspectors — Martha I. Lowden, Sophia Walsh Deputy Warden — Ellen G. Beck Deputy Clerk — Phyllis M. Moyer Deputy Inspectors — Hazel P. Vose, Michael J. Walsh Tellers — Elsie T. Winslow, Nancy Nastasi, Clara Gunzelmann, Mabel S. McKelvie, Margaret I. Cullinane, Irene Young Precinct III Warden — Barbara J. McPhee Clerk — Phyllis K. Sprague Inspectors — Barbara Nylander, Martin J. Duggan Deputy Warden — Harry E. Holt Deputy Clerk — Stanley A. Nedza Deputy Inspectors — Elsie M. Godfrey, Genevieve L. Hatch Tellers — Minnie C Veasie, Elizabeth H. Gray, Nancy E. Oelschlegel, Mary H. Prentice, Esther Perry, Anna G. Mahar Inspector of Animals Dog Officer Carl W. Flint Carl W. Flint Sealer of Weights and Measures George K. Hayward Surveyors of Wood and Lumber Oliver D. Wood E. John Torkelsen THE TOWN OF ACTON 203 Recreation Commission Allan R. Murray Term Expires 1962 Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1963 Gladys K. Mason Term Expires 1964 William J. Phillips Term Expires 1965 ♦Patience H. MacPherson Term Expires 1965 **Richard H. Murphy * Resigned ** Appointed to replace * Fence Viewers Laurence Hadley Allan R. Murray Fire Alarm Operator Frederic W. Rimbach William C. Kazokas Field Drivers George Kemp Superintendent of Moth Work Franklin H. Charter Burial Agent Ian M. Mott Veterans' Agent Ian M. Mott Director of Veterans' Services Ian M. Mott Inspector of Wires Leslie F. Parke Police Officers ♦Edward J. Collins, Jr., Chief *Chauncey R. Fenton, Jr., Sergeant ♦ Warren F. Birch, Sergeant (Resigned) ♦David W. Scribner, Acting Sergeant Richard N. Farrell ♦William J. Durkin, Jr. ♦Norman L. Roche ♦William S. Kendall, Jr. (Resigned) ♦Robert A. Bartlett ♦John V. Gregory ♦Robert S. Rhodes ♦Carl Simeone Franklin H. Charter ♦ Civi James P. Conheeney, Jr. Peter M. Brown T. Frederick S. Kennedy Allen H. Nelson Irving W. Davis Carl W. Flint Ray L. Harris 1 Service 204 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Workmen's Compensation Agent Thereon A. Lowden Director of Civil Defense John F. McLaughlin Deputy Director of Civil Defense Robert A. Bartlett Public Weighers William Braman Paul Greenough G. Howard Reed Harold Whitney Oliver W. LeBlanc, Jr. Robert Greenough Barbara LeBlanc A. W. Davis Carl W. Flint Arthur P. Genetti Harold A. Merriam Alan C Wagner Otis J. Reed Paul M. Wagner, Jr. Counsel to the Board of Selectmen Richard S. McCabe Town Engineer Fred K. Hanack Assistant Town Engineer Lewis L. Bowker, Jr. Building Inspector Deputy Building Inspector Albert E. Foster H. Stuart MacGregor Archives Committee T. Frederick S. Kennedy Term Expires 1962 Joyce C. Woodhead Term Expires 1963 *Walter Warren Custance Term Expires 1964 **Warren F. Birch * Deceased ** Appointed to replace * Town Report Committee *Phillip C. Lende Term Expires 1962 **Anne H. Schwarzkopf Louise M. Gardiner Term Expires 1963 Louis C. Schwaab Term Expires 1964 * Resigned ** Appointed to replace * THE TOWN OF ACTON 205 Personnel Board Clyde J. Home Term Expires 1962 George E. Parker Term Expires 1962 Peter Gray Term Expires 1963 John T. Dargin Term Expires 1963 Charles W. Whitehead Term Expires 1964 Warren L. Newell Term Expires 1964 Industrial Development Commission Aubrey L. Beck Term Expires 1962 Richard J. O'Neil Term Expires 1962 Frederick H. Bubier Term Expires 1963 Paul H. Lesure Term Expires 1964 Stephen E. Lord Term Expires 1965 Allen M. ChristofFerson Term Expires 1966 Town Building Committee Kenneth E. Jewell Term Expires 1962 Lloyd W. Priest Term Expires 1963 Warren W. Wheeler Term Expires 1964 Arnold H. Mercier Term Expires 1965 Insurance Committee Thomas Motley II Theron A. Lowden Raymond A. Gallant Charles M. MacRae David P. Tinker Memorial Day Committee Mrs. Herbert W. Merriam Term Expires 1962 Carroll M. Feltus Term Expires 1962 Stanley A. Nedza Term Expires 1962 Mrs. Edmond J. McNifF Term Expires 1962 Theron A. Lowden Term Expires 1963 William R. Horton Term Expires 1963 Paul K. Zimmer Term Expires 196-} Sumner D. Zimmer Term Expires 1964 Conservation Commission Frederick T. Heyliger Term Expires 1962 Robert J. Ellis Term Expires L963 James M. Shepard Term Expires L963 Charles D. MacPherson Term Expires 196 i David P. Tinker Term Expires I 206 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Street Lighting Committee John F. Neville Joseph F. Bushell Byrd D. Goss Public Works Department Study Committee David L. May William L. Chipman Arthur E. Hansen Town Employees Insurance Advisory Committee David W. Scribner Viola M. Foley Stewart Kennedy Arno H. Perkins Carolyn Douglas Community Advisory Council to Assist Mass Transportation Commission John W. Putnam Allen G. Moody THE TOWN OF ACTON 207 REVISED JURY LIST— 1961 Precinct I James G. Davey, 507 Main Street, retired Orlando A. Vanaria, 36 Wetherbee Street, supervisor Andrew F. Boutin, 1 Green Wood Lane, superintendent Donald E. Bryant, 56 Alcott Street, Vice-President Arthur F. Carlson, 50 Newtown Road, design draftsman William J. Flanders, 47 Alcott Street, T.V. engineer Edwin C. Harkins, 13 Coughlin Street, salesman Clarence P. Henley, 21 Henley Road, carpenter Maurice P. Jenney, 68 Esterbrook Road, construction Roy H. Johnson, 532 Great Road, tool maker Donald H. Kneeland, 2 Flagg Road, salesman Ralph C. Morse, 60 Great Road, real estate and insurance broker Ralph S. Nichols, 1 Emerson Drive, superintendent Arthur J. Patterson, 265 Great Road, tool maker Leroy W. Rioux, 126 Great Road, dealer Joseph G. Robertson, 282 Main Street, human engineer Arthur E. Schenck, 6 Hosmer Street, sales manager Stanton M. Sherman, 30 Concord Road, technical writer Harold E. Thompson, 99 Concord Road, manager Reino A. Tuomanen, 5 Hayward Road, manager Nicholas Van Ness, 4 Hawthorne Street, insurance agent Hugh M. Wamboldt, 10 Esterbrook Road, service manager Roscoe F. Wilkins, 22 Carlisle Road, tool maker William E. Wilson, Jr., 510 Great Road, foreman Robert C. Wylie. 51 Alcott Street, purchasing agent Precinct II Clarence D. Files, 8 Sylvia Street, salesman Henry McLaren, 203 Main Street, civil engineer Albert Braman, 45 Robbins Street, carpenter Medville L. Clark, 246 School Street, retired Russell D. Hayward, 85 Central Street, die finisher Frank I. Averett, 95 Parker Street, deliveryman Alan F. Batstone, 50 Conant Street, mechanical designer Robert B. Butler, 7 Fairway Road, sales representative- John B. Byers, 46 Main Street, milkman Thomas F. Codyer, Jr., 11 Billings Street, precision mechanic John T. Dargin, 56 Conant Street, director labor relations Charles M. Davis, 240 Main Street, sales manager Irving W. Davis, 201 High Street, guard Harold W. Flood, 183 Main Street, chemical engineer Malcolm E. Fullonton, 16 Piper Road, painter Robert H. Gerhardt, 14 Beverly Road, engineer 208 226th ANNUAL REPORT OF Bruce W. Hamblin, 119 Hosmer Street, payroll auditor David W. Hartwell, 13 Billings Street, warehouse manager Charles T. Kirk, 13 Beverly Road, electrical engineer Raymond J. Livingstone, 2 Brucewood Road, manufacturer's agent William A. Massie, Jr., 52 Laws Brook Road, radar engineer John M. Miller, 40 Conant Street, salesman James J. Mulvany, 75 Maple Street, salesman Clarence J. Nelson, 27 Central Street, machinist Harold E. Nickerson, 74 Liberty Street, field representative Precinct III Clarence M. Turner, 143 Willow Street, engineer G. Calvert Wilson, 14 Nash Road, co-ordinator Herbert S. Broadwell, 23 Seneca Road, engineer Franklin H. Charter, 121 Hayward Road, tree surgeon Philip G. Clemence, 38 Windsor Avenue, clerk Robert H. Fiske, 18 Mohegan Road, wholesale lumber salesman Arthur E. Hansen, 29 Mohawk Drive, assistant superintendent David C Benedict, 2 Duggan Road, chemical engineer Louis C. Bentley, Jr., 4 Mohegan Road, salesman Harvey M. Brown, 7 Betsy Ross Lane, linotype machinist Gerald R. Burgess, 86 Charter Road, carpenter John A. Dagdigian, 7 Church Street, machinery manufacturer Russell E. Dow, 1 Seneca Road, lumber salesman John L. Harding, 9 Mohawk Drive, design engineer Martin S. Meigs, 46 Nashoba Road, real estate George E. Neagle, 66 Summer Street, draftsman William J. Phillips, 22 Homestead Street, shipping clerk Loren B. Prentice, 446 Massachusetts Avenue, engineering aide Edward A. Shaw, 37 Windsor Avenue, salesman Warren A. Silva, 113 Central Street, laboratory 7 technician James D. Sutherland, 24 Nash Road, head cashier William M. Veazey, 4 Agawam Road, civil engineer James C Walters, 105 Arlington Street, claim supervisor Edward C. Warren, 71 Seminole Road, mechanical engineer Raymond L. White, Jr., 143 Prospect Street, office manager THE TOWN OF ACTON 209 FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICIALS President of the United States John F. Kennedy Vice-President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson United States Senators Leverett Saltonstall Benjamin Smith Representative in Congress F. Bradford Morse — Fifth Congressional District Officials of the Commonwealth Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary Treasurer Auditor Attorney General Governor's Council Third District John A. Volpe Edward F. McLaughlin Kevin H. White John T. Driscoll Thomas J. Buckley Edward J. McCormack, Jr. John \V. Costello Jamaica Plain, Mass. Senator Worcester Middlesex District Charles W. Olson Ashland, Mass. Representative in the General Court Eleventh Middlesex District Vernon R. Fletcher Chelmsford. Mass.